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Bear jug: C.500 & A-1928

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Maker(s)

Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Pottery)

Description

White salt-glazed stoneware bear with applied shredded clay fur and details in brown slip

Off-white stoneware, thrown in two parts, with applied ears, muzzle, chain, tail, genitals, and front legs and rear feet, covered in rough clay chippings to simulate fur, and decorated with dark brown slip details before salt-glazing. The bear has a slightly figure-of-eight shaped body with a tall cylindrical neck, long front legs, and just feet at the back. The head has a four link chain threaded through a hole on the top of the muzzle, which also has two irregularly-shaped oblong holes in its sides. The neck is decorated with nineteen large spots of brown slip, and there are smaller spots around the junction of the muzzle and head, and a line on the top of each ear. The eyes are formed by circles of clay filled in with brown slip.

Notes

History note: Fenton, Cranbourn Street, London from whom bought for ? £5.0.0. about 1898 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge; he was not sure if he might not have asked Fenton to buy it for him on commission from Sotheby's

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1740 CE - 1770 1770 CE

Note

The detachable head serves as a cup.

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of slip ( brown) Surface: composed of salt-glaze Body: Depth 24 cm Width 15.5 cm
Body And Head: Limbs, Features:

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Salt-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: small rectangular stick-on label

  • Text: 741
  • Location: On inside of head
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.500 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75313
Old object number: 741
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 October 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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