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Cat jug: C.1324-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Possibly Pickleherring Pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Montague Close Pottery (Pottery)
Possibly Vauxhall Pottery


Dark buff earthenware, moulded in the form of a cat with an aperture in the top of its head, tin-glazed and painted in purplish-blue with natural features and the date '1657'


History note: Robert Drane (1833-1914, Cardiff; sold Sotheby’s 29 June - 3 July 1916, Silver and works of art ….Jacobean relics, Stuart embroideries, Drane Sale, last day, lot 360; bought for £22 by Mr Stoner for Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.8 cm
Height: 7 in

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Mid 17th century
Production date: dated AD 1657

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

dark buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Dark buff earthenware, moulded in the form of a cat, tin-glazed creamy-white, and painted in purplish-blue

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1657
  • Location: On front
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1324-1928
Primary reference Number: 71816
Old object number: 4093
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 28 January 2019 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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