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Pug on a Cushion: C.800-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Pug on a Cushion


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware figure of a pug dog on cushion.

White stoneware press-moulded and salt-glazed. The pug lies on a tall cushion with its head turned to one side and looking down. The cushion is decorated with vertical braids in relief. Dots of brown slip mark the eyes of the dog.


History note: Provenance unidentified before Stanley Woolston, Cambridge, who sold it for £4 on 20 August 1919 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest.

Measurements and weight

Height: 4 cm
Width: 5 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 18th-century Europe, being a fashionable pet – the English painter William Hogarth (1697 1764) famously owned a pug called ‘Trump’ – and the symbol of the ‘Order of the Pug’, a secret society that developed after Pope Clement XII banned Freemasonry in 1738. Eager to capitalise on the popularity of the breed and to emulate the fashionable porcelain pugs produced by the Meissen factory in Dresden, many English potters produced their own pug models in salt-glazed stoneware and in other materials.

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Components of the work

Eyes composed of slip ( brown)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White stoneware press-moulded with brown slip applied to the eyes and salt-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.800-1928
Primary reference Number: 76117
Old catalogue number: 4193
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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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