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Cat: C.789-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Production)


Dark brown and white marbled clays (solid agateware), press-moulded, the face coated in white slip, and salt-glazed. The cat is sitting up with its head turned towards the viewer and an alert expression.


History note: Sir William Carington GCVO, KCB (28 July 1845 – 7 October 1914); sold Christie's, 13 July, 1916, Carrington sale, lot 1; sold for £14.13s. to 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: 15.3 cm
Length: 11 cm
Width: 7.8 cm

Relative size of this object

11 cm15.3 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1760 1760 CE


This is an unusually large example of a salt-glazed agateware figure

Components of the work

Face: composed of slip ( white) Surface: composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

dark brown and white clays Agateware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Dark brown and off-white marbled clays (solid agateware), press-moulded and joined, the face coated with white slip, with remnants of dark brown slip eyes, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white stick-on label with black printed border and text

  • Text: J.W.L. GLAISHER COLLECTION printed 3902 hand-written
  • Location: Inside body
  • Method of creation: Pritned in black, and hand-written in black ink
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.789-1928
Primary reference Number: 76057
Old object number: 3902
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Friday 21 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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