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Bull-Baiting Group: C.37-1930

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)

Titles

Bull-Baiting Group

Maker(s)

Potter: Wood, Ralph, II (Probably)
Potter: Wood, Ralph, III (Possibly)

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Description

Earthenware figure of a bull being attacked by a dog decorated with coloured lead-glazes

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and decorated in clear blue-tinted, green, manganese-purple, and greyish-brown lead-glazes. The underside is hollow and unglazed. The figures stand on a high oblong mound of rocks and plants, with a wide tree stump in the middle at the back which supports the bull. The powerful and angry bull is moving towards the viewer's left with its head down and tail raised over its back. The attacking dog is crouched at the front of the base close to the bull's left front leg and head. The mound is coloured in greyish-brown and green glazes. The bull is white with dappling in manganese-purple, and the dog is greyish-brown with paler patches on its back and sides.

Notes

History note: John Henry Taylor (1849-1930); sold Sotheby's, 14 November 1930, Catalogue of the Valuable Collections of English Pottery & Porcelain, Glass, Objects of Vertu and Furniture, the Property of the late John Henry Taylor, Esq., Newstead, Birstall, Leicestershire, lot 579

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 9.8 cm
Height: 12.7 cm
Length: 17.2 cm

Relative size of this object

17.2 cm12.7 cm9.8 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Burslem ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930-11-14) by Sotheby's

Dating

Late 18th century
Circa 1783 - Circa 1801

Note

Probably made by Ralph Wood II, or after his death in 1795, by his son Ralph Wood III. Some figures of this type were also produced by John Wood, the brother of Ralph II.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lead-glaze ( clear blue-tinted, green, greyish-brown, manganese-purple)

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.37-1930
Primary reference Number: 74705
Glaisher Addition number: GL.Add.12-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 November 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 31 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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