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Bear holding a dog in its forepaws: C.498 & A-1928

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Bear holding a dog in its forepaws


Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Pottery)


White salt-glazed stoneware decorated with rouletting, in the form of a bear holding a dog

Off-white stoneware, thrown in two parts wth applied ears, muzzle, tongue, limbs, and tail, rouletted decoration, and salt-glaze. The bear's body is slightly waisted and has a plain cylindrical neck at the top and two zones of horizontal bands of rouletted decoration with a plain area between them. The base has concentric bands of rouletting. The head is made separately to serve as a cup. It is decorated with concentric bands of rouletting and has a circular hole pierced in the muzzle to take a ring. The bear holds a small snarling dog in its ribbon-like forepaws.


History note: Mr Cater, Colchester; Mrs Cater; sold Sotheby’s, 23 July 1925, Pottery, Porcelain and Glass, lot 46; bought for £6 by Hunt on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1740 - 1760 1760

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze Body: Depth 11.8 cm Width 9 cm
Body And Heaad: Decoration: Features And Dog:

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with cut upper corners

  • Text: 4576/white salt glaze/bear jug, the/bear hugging/a dog/From the Cater/collection/bt at Sotheby's/July 23 1925
  • Location: Inside neck
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.498 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75300
Old object number: 4576
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 October 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 26 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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