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Coffee can: C.237-2015

Object information

Awaiting location update


Factory: Seth Pennington's Factory




Soft-paste porcelain coffee can painted underglaze in blue with 'Lady and Servant' pattern

Soft-paste porcelain printed and painted underglaze in blue. Cylindrical with a loop handle which has a central vertical depression. The exterior is decorated with the ‘Lady and Servant’ pattern: a Chinese man and a woman standing in a garden beside small bushes with a tree and a fence between them. A group of five tiny birds fly over the man. A blue band runs round the inside of the rim.


History note: J. & J. Baker, probably the Lavenham firm, from whom purchased on 20 April 1992 by Christopher Hogwood, CBE (1941-2014), Cambridge; purchased from his executors by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 5.6 cm
Height: 68 cm
Width: 8.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2015-04-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rectangular white paper stick on label

  • Text: ‘F26/31 c.1780/Pennington’s/Liverpool’
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: Painted/Transfer pr/£265.00
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: Circular white stick-on label

  • Text: 1222
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.237-2015
Primary reference Number: 201323
Old object number: 1222
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 12 May 2015 Updated: Tuesday 19 May 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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