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Owl: C.840-1928

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Object information

Current Location: In storage




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)




Cream earthenware, moulded, and decorated thinly and unevenly in green and dark brown oxide colours under lead-glaze. The owl stands on an almost circular green mound base which is open underneath. Its head is turned towards the viewer and it has a prominent beak and large glaring eyes surrounded by radiating incised strokes.


History note: Cyril Andrade (b. 1883), Duke Street, St. James's; sold at Puttick & Simpson's, London, 23 October 1925, Catalogue of Astbury, Ralph Wood and Salt glaze Being the collection formed by Mr. Cyril Andrade which will be sold by Auction in consequence of the owners decision to alter the nature of his business, lot 143; bought by Frank Stoner for £6.16.6 on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.2 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1780 - 1800


There is a comparable owl figure with green glaze in the Henry Weldon Collection, and owls with sponged and painted brown decoration in the Chipstone Collection (1960.8), and in the City Museum & Art Gallery Stoke-on-Trent (3056).

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colours ( copper green and manganese-brown (probably))
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Base Width 6.5 cm

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Earthenware, press-moulded, and painted in green and brown oxide colours under lead-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.840-1928
Primary reference Number: 76208
Old object number: 4641
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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