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Seated Cat: C.11-2002

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Seated Cat


Factory: Emile Gallé (Probably)




Seated cat, tin-glazed pale yellow, painted in blue and black, with circular, lobe and heart motifs.

Earthenware, slip-cast, tin-glazed pale yellow except for circular, heart-shaped and tri-lobed reserves, painted in dark blue, and a little black; applied glass eyes with black pupils and pale green irises with pale brown markings. There is a large roughly oval ventilation hole in the base. The cat sits facing in profile to the right with its head turned to its right to face the front. The interiors of both ears are painted dark blue, and the eyebrows, nose, and mouth in black. Down its back there are four reserved motifs with two lobes at the top and one larger lobe below, outlined, and partly filled in with blue. On the rest of the body there are circular and heart-shaped reserves similarly decorated in blue. The tail has four horizontal reserved stripes, each with blue edges and a central wavy blue stripe.


History note: Unknown before donor in whose possession it had been for many years.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Powley

Measurements and weight

Height: 32.8 cm
Length: 19.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Nancy ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2002) by Powley, Mrs


Late 19th Century
Victoria I
Circa 1880 CE - 1900 CE


Attribution to Gallé doubtful

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue ( presumed cobalt used)
Eyes composed of glass

Materials used in production

yellow Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Earthenware, slip-cast, tin-glazed pale yellow except for circular, heart-shaped and tri-lobed reserves, painted in dark blue, and a little black; applied glass eyes.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: E. Gallé (sic)/ Nancy
  • Location: On the top of the back right paw
  • Method of creation: Painted in dark blue
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11-2002
Primary reference Number: 81687
Entry form number: 173
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 25 October 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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