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"Goat-and-bee" cream jug

English (London)
about 1745
Made at Chelsea Manufactory (England, active 1745-1769)


Overall: 10.8 x 5.1 x 7.6 cm (4 1/4 x 2 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze blue and manganese decoration

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)





Base and back to height of short-horn goats have underglaze blue, white above. Brown markings on goats. Mark: incised triangle on bottom.

This jug-named for the reclining goats at the base and bee on the flowering tree above-is the earliest known model in English porcelain. Chelsea sold this popular jug with different types of decoration; only a few examples, such as this one, were decorated before glazing with cobalt blue and manganese enamels.


By 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988)

[1] From June 25, 1973, on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

Credit Line

Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection