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Bear jug: C.501 & A-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Production)


White salt-glazed stoneware with shredded clay fur, and details in brown slip

Off-white stoneware, thrown in two parts, with applied tail, legs, snout, eyes, ears, and chain. The endearingly tubby body and detachable head are covered in shredded clay fur. Brown slip was applied to indicate the toes on the front feet, to create a border of slanting Ss on the collar, and to fill in the centres of the circular eyes. The top of the snout was pierced to take the top ring of a six link chain which may originally have had a ball attached to it.


History note: Mr Rochelle Thomas 'Clearance Catalogue' received by Glaisher on 21 April 1923, no. 645, and bought for £10 on 25 April (according to label inside)

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
George III
Circa 1740 CE - 1760 CE


The detachable head serves as a cup.

School or Style


Components of the work

Details: composed of slip ( brown) Surface: composed of salt-glaze Body And Head: Decoration: Ears, Muzzle, Limbs:

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper label with cut corners and dark blue or black line round the upper edges

  • Text: No 4179./Whitew salt-glazed/bear with chain/of six linksin its/mouth./b. in London/April 25, 1923
  • Location: Inside neck
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.501 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75315
Old object number: 4179
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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