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Lion: C.786-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Dark brown and white agateware, press-moulded, painted with blue and brown slips, and salt-glazed. The lion (or dog) is seated with its head turned towards the viewer on a rounded triangular base which is hollow underneath. There is a hole in the back under the animal's belly. The side nearest to the viewer has been splashed with blue slip which has run down the animal's side and formed a thick crust in front of its right rear leg and on its paw. The eyes are painted in dark brown slip.


History note: Harland Collection; Puttick & Simpson, 22 May, 1925, Harland Sale, part of lot 180; purchased by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.8 cm
Length: 6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
1745 CE - 1755 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( dark brown for eyes, and blue on body)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Dark brown and white agateware, press-moulded in two halves and joined, painted with dark brown and blue slips, and salt-glazed; a roughly square hole has been pierced in the back

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: half of an octagonal white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 4550/Small agate/saltglaze dog/b. at Putticks/ May 22 1925
  • Location: On inside of front of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.786-1928
Primary reference Number: 76054
Old object number: 4550
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 July 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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