This piece represents John Bull crouching, one of his arms forming the handle of the piece. The figure of John Bull was created in England in the 18th century and represents a wealthy man, well dressed and with the appearance of one who eats and drinks to excess. This emblematic figure was later picked up and used by the caricaturists of the 19th century.

In this specimen, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, excellent caricaturist and ceramist, left us a brilliant and opportune adaptation of that legendary figure, underlined by expressive modelling and a colouration full of detail.