Rare Joan de Bethel style cat money box, 18 cm

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  • Extremely rare cat piggy bank
  • Based on a design by British artist Joan de Bethel
  • Hand painted ceramic
  • Height: 18 cm
  • Kitten wears a flower dress
  • Condition: good - no bumps, but color loss at the back of the head and at the back of the neck
  • Extremely rare collector's item, a real rarity!
  • In our opinion, the so-called Bethel Cats are the cutest cat figurines on earth.


Joan de Bethel was a British artist best known for her characteristic cat figures. In 1960 she started making paper mache cats with her husband David de Bethel at the time. One cat took a full working day, as Joan de Bethel burned each cat by hand and painted it in great detail. Today these specimens are extremely valuable - depending on their condition, they are now traded for up to 1,000 euros.

After the untimely death of her husband, the Rye Pottery made unglazed raw forms out of ceramic for her. She painted the cats and the pottery burned the figures. After that, demand continued to grow, so Joan asked the Cinque Ports Pottery for larger deliveries. Some of the decorators helped out until, with Joan de Bethel's permission, they also made their own figures.

You can find two of these items here. Although they were not painted by Joan de Bethel, they are extremely rare. We collect the cat figurines from Joan de Bethel ourselves and hardly find any offers. They are also very popular among collectors - especially in Great Britain, the USA and Australia.

In Germany, the cat figurines are still almost completely unknown. It was only by chance that we came across the Bethel cats while doing research for Sir Mittens. We would like to give these two hand-painted specimens to cat lovers, whom we can infect with our fascination for these great cat figures.

You can find the whole range of Bethel cats on Pinterest.

This article is one of our UniCats which we have in stock only once. In this special category, you can discover used and unique finds that we've spotted at flea markets and marketplaces.

We tax articles of the category "UniCats" according to § 25a UStG differential taxed. Therefore, VAT is not shown.

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