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Sitting Cat with a Mouse in its Mouth: C.842-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Sitting Cat with a Mouse in its Mouth


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Probably)




Dark cream and brown earthenware decorated in dark brown and green under lead-glaze

Dark cream press-moulded earthenware body with applied pale brown eyes and mouse, decorated under lead-glaze with dark brown eyebrows and outlines round the ears, and mottled in dark green on the back of the head and the whole body below the neck. The underside is open and is glazed for a short distance up the interior. The cat is sitting up with its head turned towards the viewer, and holds a mouse in its mouth.


History note: Christie's, 6 June 1912, lot 41; bought by Mr Stoner for 13 guineas (£13.13s.) on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge, who paid him £14. 4s .6d. on 17 June on returning from Belgium

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.4 cm
Length: 10.8 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 - 1760

Components of the work

Decoration composed of oxide colour ( probably copper-green)
Surface composed of lead-glaze

Materials used in production

pale buff and pale red Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with cut upper corners and dark blue line edging on sides and top edge

  • Text: No 3452. (underlined)/Green and red/Whieldon cat/with mouse in/its mouth/b. at Christie's/June 17 1912
  • Location: Inside front edge of cat
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.842-1928
Primary reference Number: 76216
Old object number: 3452
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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