Drinking vessel, artist unknown, London, 1676
Drinking vessel in the form of a seated cat. The fur painted in alternate horizontal bands in blue and manganese-purple; the ears and the backward projection of the base coloured greenish turquoise-blue. On the chest in a heart-shaped cartouche inscribed with the initials “LTM” and date ‘1676’. Buff earthenware body with white tin glaze, outer part of base wiped entirely clean of glaze. An opening at top with a hollow interior. Press-moulded in two parts with a base inserted. Concave on underside.