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Cat: C.801-1928

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Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




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.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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


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


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

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
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.801-1928
Primary reference Number: 76118
Old catalogue number: 3793
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 October 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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