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Cat: C.801-1928

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Object information

Titles

Cat

Maker(s)

Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)

Description

Salt-glazed stoneware figure of a seated cat.

White stoneware press-moulded and salt-glazed. The figure is hollow and without a base. The seated cat has its face turned to the side and sits on an oval platform, which is decorated with a ring of dots. Small dashes mark the toes and claws of the cat and also appear on the back-leg, forehead and behind the ears of the cat.

Notes

History note: Provenance unidentified before bought by a porter at Puttick and Simpson's, known as “Mack”, on behalf of a client; when his client refused to pay, Mack sold for £8 with C.799-1928, on 8 October 1920 to Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest.

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.4 cm
Width: 5 cm

Relative size of this object

5 cm8.4 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1745 CE - Circa 1755 1755 CE

Note

Cats were the most common animal figure produced in stoneware by the Staffordshire potters.

Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Press-moulded white stoneware covered in a salt-glaze; the face of the cat has several wavy cracks, probably sustained in the moulding or the firing process
Salt-glazing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on rectangular white paper collector’s label

  • Text: No3793. White salt glaze seated cat. b. in London, Oct 8 1920.
  • Location: Inside the figure
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.801-1928
Primary reference Number: 76118
Old catalogue number: 3793
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 October 2021 Last processed: Sunday 24 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Animal figure" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/76118 Accessed: 2021-10-25 16:56:03

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{{cite web|url=https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/76118|title=Animal figure|author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2021-10-25 16:56:03|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

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