Sotheby's, London, The Rous Lench Collection, 1 July 1986, lot 124
At the time of the Rous Lench sale there was only one other bear of this type recorded, described as a rattle, the piece is in the Metropolitan museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 45.12.39, published by Arnold R. Mountford, The Illustrated Guide to Staffordshire salt-glazed stoneware, London, 1971, pl. 229.
There is an old flat chip to its right ear. The right arm has been re-stuck at its shoulder and wrist. Its lower jar has been re-stuck. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."