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Cat figure

ca. 1672
Origin: England, London
OH: 6 3/8"
Earthenware, tin-glazed (delft)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1964-450
Jug in the form of a cat seated on its haunches, rim projecting from back of cat's head. White tin glaze decorated in manganese with blue flecks to simulate fur. Eyes, ears, rim, tail, initials T A, and part of a date (16) in dark blue.
Label:Seven cat jugs made from several different molds are recorded. They bear the dates 1657, 1659, 1669, 1671, 1672, 1674, and 1676, respectively. Although the later ones, particularly that dated 1672, are technically different sorts of containers, they are primarily seen as figures and cataloged as such. Fragments from a jug of this type have been excavated near Williamsburg at the seventeenth-century Drummond site at Governor's Land. The London attribution is based on the early date and the coloration.
Provenance:F. H. Garner
Tilley & Co., London
Mark(s):Initials "T A" & part of date (16)
Inscription(s):"T A" and part of a date "16.."