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Money Box in the shape of a Dog: C.1462-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Money Box in the shape of a Dog


Pottery: Brislington Pottery




Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed and painted in blue, green, yellow and red. In the form of a dog with a slot for the money pierced through its shoulder, seated on a low mound base. The base is green. The dog's features are painted in blue, and its body and head are spotted in blue and yellow with red markings. It wears a yellow collar inscribed 'ANN WITTIN 1717' in blue. The unglazed base is inscribed in blue, 'Ann Wittin/was born ye 14 of/November 1717 J (?) W'


History note: Mrs Meredith, Little Massingham Manor, Massingham, Norfolk; sold by her at Christie's, 6 May 1919, Old English pottery and porcelain, lot 43; bought for 34 guineas by Mr Stonor on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Brislington ⪼ Somerset ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
Production date: dated AD 1717


A similar money-box dog is inscribed on its collar with the name, George Adlum, probably the potter recorded in Brislington between 1719/20 and 1737.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue, green, yellow, and red)
Visible Surfaces composed of tin-glaze
Money Hole

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded with pierced slot to take money, tin-glazed except for the base, and painted in blue, green, yellow, and red high-temperature (metallic oxide) colours

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ANN WITTIN 1717
  • Location: On dog's collar
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Ann Wittin/was born ye 14 of/october1717 J(?) W'
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1462-1928
Primary reference Number: 72042
Old object number: 4645
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 April 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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