Figural flower pot in the form of a cat with mouse

American, possibly Pennsylvania or Southern, circa 1850-1880
Redware pottery, with original cold-painted decoration, old chips to tips of ears, 6 7/8 x h 4 x 5 7/8 inches

This redware flower pot in the form of an upright seated cat possessively clutching a mouse in its paws is unique in our experience. The pose is reminiscent of carvings of squirrels by Wilhelm Schimmel made during the same period in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. This flower pot was said to have been discovered in North Carolina, with remnants of soil in the interior.

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