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Cow or Cattle Vase: C.19-1947

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cow or Cattle Vase


Potter: Staite Murray, William




Buff stoneware with ovoidal body tapering towards the base, sloping shoulders, and a tapering cylindrical neck with slightly everted rim. Covered all over, except for the lowest part of the body and base, with a grey-green to dark-brown speckled glaze, with brush-stroke decoration in chestnut-brown of cattle, with a geometrical pattern around the neck. The body has bubbled in several places.

Legal notes

Given by the Very Rev. E. Milner-White, MA, DSO

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 28.4 cm
Height: 46.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947) by Milner-White, Eric


20th Century
Production date: AD 1928 : Recorded as having been made on 3 November 1928


This vase was exhibited by Staite Murray at a solo exhibition of his work at Paterson's Gallery, London, in November 1928. Reviewing the exhibition in The Times, a critic refers to this vase as follows: '...[another vase] is decorated with a summary brush drawing of the bird, but it is not more than a comment on what is already felt in the movement of the shape as compared with that of the other. Other examples of this pointing of a formal tendency inherent in the whole shape, colour, and surface of the piece are "Cow" - which says "Moo!" as plainly as a pot can speak - " 'Stoneware Pottery' in The Times, 3 November 1928, p. 17.

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Decoration composed of pigment ( brown, probably iron)
Exterior composed of glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: pentagonal seal with M with a dot above and below

  • Text: M with a dot above and below
  • Location: On extreme lower part of body
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 24
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Written in black
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.19-1947
Primary reference Number: 72864
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 June 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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