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Coffee pot: C.48 & A-2007

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Lowerdown Pottery
Proprietor: Leach, David
Potter: Leach, Jeremy (Possibly)




Buff stoneware with iron-speckled buff glaze, painted in greyish-blue and iron-brown with a stylized plant spray

Buff stoneware, thrown, with applied handle at right angles to the lip, and iron-speckled buff glaze, painted in greyish-blue and iron- brown; base and inside of rim unglazed. The pot has a wide base and tapers towards the projecting rim and lip. The tubular handle expands towards the closed and rounded end which is pierced by a hole. The cover is concave on top, with an almost flat circular knob. The front of the pot is decorated with a plant spray of two leaves flanking a tall composite flower with two blue curving stems on either side. A wide brown band encircles the rim and lip, the edge of the cover and the exterior of the knob. Originally part of a set with C.49-2007 and C.50-2007


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by P.H.D.S. Wikramaratna in memory of his brother P.H. Diananda

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.5 cm
Width: 17.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Bovey Tracey ⪼ Devon ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2007-11-19) by Wikramaratna, P. H. D. S.


Late 20th Century
Production date: circa AD 1970


The mark is that of the Lowerdown Pottery which was run by David Andrew Leach (1911-2005) from 1956 to 2003. Jeremy Leach also worked there from 1970 to 1974 (?) and again from 1983-97/8 and from 2001.

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Whole Except Base composed of glaze ( iron-speckled buff)
Decoration composed of cobalt ( probably) iron
Base Diameter 11 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown,

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in rounded square seal

  • Text: L+
  • Location: At bottom of side below handle
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Pottery mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.48 & A-2007
Primary reference Number: 157655
Entry form number: 976
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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