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Cat lying on a cushion: C.854-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Cat lying on a cushion


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Cream earthenware painted underglaze in blue, olive-green, yellow, orange, and dark brown

Cream earthenware, press-moulded, and painted in blue, olive-green, yellow, orange, and dark brown under lead-glaze. The underside is open and glazed internally. The cat lies on a rectangular cushion with a convex yellow top and a sloping green gathered side. Its front paws are just visible, and its tail is curled around its hind quarters. It has dark brown eyes and eyebrows, and spots inside its ears, the tips of which are missing. The cream body is decorated with randomly-placed short blue, green and orange brush strokes, and on the tail with black spots.


History note: Puttick and Simpson, London, 10 March1922, one of four cats, in lot 30; bought for 4½ guineas by Mack (the porter) 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: 6.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1790 - 1810

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( oxide colours)
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Base Depth 5.9 cm Length 7.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Cream earthenware, press-moulded, fired to biscuit, painted in blue, green, yellow, orange, and dark brwon, and lead-glazed before firing again

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.854-1928
Primary reference Number: 76233
Old object number`: 3773
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 6 June 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 19 September 2023

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

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