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Coffee pot: C.3 & A-1972

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels with Chinoiserie scenes in panels, lustred, and gilt.

Hard-paste porcelain, glazed and decorated with painting in polychrome enamels, purple lustre, and gilding. The pot is pear-shaped with a projecting lip, scroll handle, and low foot. Its high domed cover has a conical button knob. There is a hole in the top of the cover to emit steam. On each side of the pot there is an approximately oval panel framed by scrollwork in gold with small areas of lustre, and iron-red and brown enamel. Within each frame there is a polychrome Chinoiserie subject. One shows a Chinese man and a woman in a garden; the other, a Chinese man holding a tray, accompanied by a dwarf, flanked by furniture and a plant. A bird flies overhead. In the spaces outside the panels there are insects and 'Indian' flowers, the latter also painted down the back of the handle. There are gold bands round the foot and rim, touches of gold on the handle, and elaborate scrollwork round the neck and lip. The cover is painted in polychrome with a Chinese man kneeling by a pot on a stove, separated by plants from a dog and a dragon. There are gold bands round the rim and knob, the top of which is also gold.


History note: Unknown before Sir Richard Jessel

Legal notes

Given by Sir Richard Jessel

Measurements and weight

Height: 21 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972-01-20) by Jessel, Richard, Sir


Circa 1725 CE - 1730 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 25.
  • Location: On base of pot and inside of cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Gold number

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3 & A-1972
Primary reference Number: 140201
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 June 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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