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Coffee pot: C.9 & A-1972

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain, glazed and decorated with painting in blue, green, yellow, pale and dark purple, red, and black enamels, purple lustre, and gilding. The pear-shaped pot has a projecting lip, a scroll handle, and a low foot. Its high domed cover has a hole to emit steam, and a conical button knob. On each side there is a panel framed by scrollwork in gold with small areas of lustre, iron-red and purple enamel, and with panels of trellis diaper pattern. Within each panel there is a polychrome Chinoiserie scene. One shows two Chinese figures, one stirring a large bowl over a fire, beside a vase of flowers. The other has a man cooking, watched by another standing holding a banner, and a smaller figure with a basket. There are 'Indian' flowers in the spaces between the panels, and down the back of the handle. There is a gold band round the foot, touches of gold on the handle, and elaborate gold scrollwork on the neck and lip. The cover is decorated with a continuous scene of Chinese figures in a garden. There are gold bands round the rim, and knob, the top of which is also gilded.


History note: Unknown before Sir Richard Jessel

Legal notes

Given by Sir Richard Jessel

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.8 cm
Width: 16 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 18th century
Frederick Augustus I
Circa 1725 CE - 1730 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre enamel gold
Foot Diameter 7.6 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing : Hard-paste porcelain, glazed, and decorated with painting in enamels, purple lustre, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 82.
  • Location: On base of pot and underside of cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in gold
  • Type: Gold number

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9 & A-1972
Primary reference Number: 140372
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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