Mintons Majolica Cat with Mouse Milk-Jug
Date cypher for 1874
Impressed uppercase mark, S and a small symbol, recorded as shape no. 1924, designed by Paul Comoléra
Modeled seated his right paw trapping a mouse, the yellow-eyed white cat with brown fur markings on his head and back, his tail forming the handle, on a mottle green mound base, the interior turquoise. Height 9 1/2 inches.
Paul Comoléra (French 1818-1897) employed at Minton 1873. A close variation of this model can be found at Gustavsberg.
Majolica International Society, Karmason Library, no. KL001003.
Lisbet Nilson, "Down from the Attic", Connoisseur, February 1984, p. 71. Darra Goldstein, "Cheese under Cover", Cured, Fall, 2016.
Paul Atterbury and Maureen Batkin, The Dictionary of Minton, p. 261 for biographical information on Paul Comoléra and appendix 2, p. 334 for a line drawing of this form in the Mintons Limited majolica catalog. Helen Cunningham, Majolica Figures, p. 28. Joan Jones, Minton, The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production, pp. 138-9 records, that Paul Comoléra's own "beloved Persian cat was the inspiration for the Majolica Cat Jug."
C The Joan Stacke Graham Majolica Collection
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