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Pug: C.799-1928

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Current Location: In storage




Pottery: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




White stoneware press-moulded body with applied tail, brown slip eyes, and salt-glaze.

White stoneware with brown slip details and salt-glaze. The press-moulded dog stands on a rectangular base with chamfered sides. Its head is turned to one side and titlted up and its long tail is tightly coiled into two loops. It wears a collar with a four-lobed flower at the back. The pupils of the eyes are put in with brown slip.


History note: Provenance unidentified before bought by a porter at Puttick and Simpson's, known as “Mack”, on behalf of a client; when his client refused to pay, Mack sold it for £8 with C.801-1928 on 8 October 1920 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest.

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.4 cm
Width: 7.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


Pugs were a particularly popular breed of dog in the 18th-century. The breed’s popularity and its adoption as the symbol of the ‘Order of the Pug’, a secret society that developed in Europe after Pope Clement XII banned Freemasonry in 1738, inspired the Meissen factory in Dresden to produce hard-paste porcelain pugs. Eager to emulate the fashionable Meissen products and to capitalise on the popularity of the breed in England, many English potters produced their own pug models.

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Components of the work

Eyes composed of slip ( brown)

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Press-moulded white stoneware with an applied coil of clay for the tail and dots of brown slip for the pupils; covered in a salt-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.799-1928
Primary reference Number: 76073
Old catalogue number: 3792
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 October 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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