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Monkey or Squirrel Teapot: C.575 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Monkey or Squirrel Teapot


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Slip cast white stoneware,with applied moulded handle and spout, and salt-glaze

White salt-glazed stoneware, slip cast in the form of a monkey or squirrel holding a nut in its forepaws, its body decorated with small birds among the branches of a fanciful tree. A curved spout with similar relief designs projects at the front, and handle in the form of a knobbly dragon is attached to the back. The head is removable and has a hole inside the left ear.


History note: Frank Stoner, London, from whom purchased for £27 on 29 October, 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.5 cm
Length: 18.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1750 - 1755


Fanciful tableware in the form of animals, birds, fruit and vegetables was an aspect of the playful Rococo style of the mid-eighteenth century. The form of this teapot pot was probably inspired by either a Meissen monkey or squirrel teapot modelled by J.J. Kaendler in 1735. Both Glaisher on its purchase, and Rackham in his Catalogue of 1935, considered that it was a squirrel, but its head is more like a monkey's.

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Slip casting : White stoneware, slip cast, with applied handle and spout, and salt-glaze

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.575 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75559
Old object number: 3745
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 27 January 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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