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Coffee pot: C.33 & A-2006

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Denby Pottery
Designer: Pemberton, Gill




Stoneware, slip-cast, glazed, and painted. Arabesque pattern.

Buff stoneware, slip-caste, with applied handle and spout, and separate cover, glazed brown, and painted in matt ochre, and shiny old-gold, and red. The cylindrical body tapers to just above the top of the spout, and then expands slightly to the rim. Inside the neck 3 cm down, there is a ledge on which the cover rests. The spout slopes upwards, and the ergonomically-shaped strap handle forms three sides of a square with the lower side longer than the top. The cover has a deep flange, and a low conical top with a squat knob with sloping sides, a narrow rim, and a semi-circular depression in the top with a central steam vent. The exterior of the pot is decorated with 'Arabesque' pattern, comprising ochre and old-gold circles of different sizes, two large circles on each side containing ochre multi-petalled flower heads with red centres, two large circles under the handle and spout containing a old-gold multi-petalled flower without a centre, and the small circles have either a red or an old-gold spot. The top of the cover and the sloping rim of the cover are painted in ochre.


History note: Southwold Antique Centre

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • Denby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-10-09) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


20th Century, third quarter#
Elizabeth II
Circa 1965 CE - 1975 CE


Arabesque was designed by Gill Pemberton c. 1962-3, initially for a suite of three jars, a large goblet and a salad bowl, and was extended to tea, coffee, and dinner ware. This coffee pot epitomizes the chunky shapes and bold patterns fashionable in the 1960s and 70s.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.33 & A-2006
Primary reference Number: 134036
Entry form: 826
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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