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Cock: C.791-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)




Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Solid dark brown and white agateware, with a white head, press-moulded in the shape of a cock (or perhaps a hen), with dark brown slip eyes, eight splashes of blue on the sides, and salt-glaze. The cock is standing upright on an oval base which is hollow underneath.


History note: An unidentified collector in Stoke-on-Trent; sold to Mr F. L. Furphey of Oakwood, Priory Road, Sale, from whom purchased for £12 on 1 October 1910 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: 9.8 cm

Relative size of this object

9.8 cm13.5 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip cobalt oxide
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

dark brown and white agateware Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Solid agateware, press-moulded in two halves, joined, painted with dark brown slip eyes, and splashes of cobalt oxide, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 3272/Aga..../salt....6 Oct. 1910
  • Location: Inside base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.791-1928
Primary reference Number: 76060
Old object number: 3272
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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