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Coffee pot: C.206 & A-1918

Object information

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Factory: Doccia Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels with putti mourning over urns, and gilt

Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, with applied moulded handle and spout, tin-glazed and painted in green, yellow, pale purple, red, and shades of brown enamel, and gilt. The pear-shaped pot stands on a low foot. The loop handle is of shallow D section with a moulded leaf at the top and a slight upward kick at the lower end. The partly covered spout is applied below a projecting moulding round the top of the pot, and has foliage in relief at its base. The flat rim has two shallow rectangular indentations. The cover is flat on top with a stepped rim, and a knob in the shape of a pear-shaped jar and cover. Underneath it has a sloping hollow cylindrical centre with two rectangular projections which fit into the indentations in the rim of the pot, and when turned to right or left, prevent the top falling off when the jug is tipped forward.
The sides of the pot are decorated alla sassone with two different scenes of putti mourning broken-heartedly over urns on pedestals in a garden setting, surrounded by frames comprising two pale purple kidney-shaped and two smaller heart-shaped panels linked by strapwork and scrolls in gold and red. The edges and moulded foliage on the spout and handle are gilded and there are two gold bands round the foot and two round the rim. The cover has two pale purple kidney-shaped panels flanked by scrolls in gold and red, and two concentric gold bands round the rim. The knob has a gold band round the upper part of its sides and a gold top.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin, MA FSA

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.5 cm
Width: 15.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Sesto Fiorentino ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918-08-28) by Griffin, Ralph


3rd quarter 18th Century
Circa 1780 CE - 1800 CE


Doccia porcelain decorated with scenes of various kinds surrounded by frames like the one on this pot were described as alla sassone because they were influenced by Meissen porcelain. The pale purple panels in the frame imitate panels of pinkish-purple lustre in the frames around Chinoiserie and European scenes on Meissen porcelain of the 1720s and 1730s. See also a cup and saucer decorated in this style, C.231 & A-1918

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold
Handle And Spout

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: B
  • Location: On base of pot
  • Method of creation: Incised by hand
  • Type: Incised mark
  • Text: an open six-pointed star
  • Location: Inside the cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 6.
  • Location: On base of pot
  • Method of creation: Painted in pale purple enamel
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.206 & A-1918
Primary reference Number: 140164
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 March 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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