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Coffee can and saucer: C.241 & A-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Minton




Bone china, painted overglaze in blue, yellow, green, puce, and purple enamels and gilded. The cylindrical cup has a ring handle. The saucer has deep curved sides and stands on a footring. The cup has a wide upper border of coloured flowers, foliage, and barley (?) in continuous wreath between wavy lines and horizontal bands linked by striations. Below, all in gold, pointing downards, there are paired leaf sprays alternativing with bare tree motifs, and round the lower edge a broad gold band. The sides and back of the handle are gilded. The cup is decorated to match, with a gold circle in the centre.


History note: Manser, (probably Gordon Manser, Manser’s Antiques, Shrewsbury), from whom purchased on 26 February, 1994 by Christopher Hogwood, CBE, (1941-2014), Cambridge; sold by the executors

Legal notes

From the Collection of Christopher Hogwood. Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • Stoke-on-Trent ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2015-04-27) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century, Early#
George III
Circa 1810 CE - 1815 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, yellow, puce, dark purple) gold
Saucer Diameter 13.8 cm Height 3.1 cm
Cup Diameter 6.5 cm Height 6 cm Width 8.3 cm

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Glazing : Bone china painted overglaze in blue, green, yellow, puce, and dark purple enamels and gilded

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: addorsed Ls with M/512 below
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Painted overglaze in blue, more faintly on the saucer
  • Type: Factory mark

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 983/bis
  • Location: On base of both pieces
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.241 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 201327
Old object number: 983 bis
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 12 May 2015 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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