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Coffee can and saucer: C.242 & A-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Wedgwood




White jasper (rather chalky in texture) with black jasper dip, and white moulded and applied reliefs. The cylindrical cup has a plain loop handle. The circular saucer has shallow curved sides and stands on a rootring. The exterior of the cup is decorated with four swags depending from the horns of four ram’s heads,with ribbons on either side and hanging down between the swags. Within each swag there is an oval frame enclosing different motifs: two putti with a goat; a lyre and laurel wreath; Bacchus in a chariot drawn by felines; and an open book, pen, and laurel wreath hanging from a ribbon. Below there is a border of repeating stylized plants in arched outlines, and above a border of slanting S scrolls. The saucer is decorated with ten swags and ten ram’s heads beside the rim. The swags enclose alternately pendant trophies or an oval outline enclosing a neoclassical motifs: Cupid riding on a dolphin. Bacchus in a chariot drawn by felines, two putti with a goat, and a putto riding a hippocamp. Below the swags is a circle of sloping S scrolls.


History note: Leo Kaplan, New York, from whom purchased on 10 December 1992 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

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, second quarter#
George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1825 CE


Black jasperware was introduced in 1796. The chalky quality of the body of this cup and saucer suggests a date in the 1820s when jasper was declining in quality

School or Style


Components of the work

Saucer Diameter 13.8 cm Height 2.5 cm
Cup Diameter 6.5 cm Height 6.5 cm Width 9.2 cm

Materials used in production

white with black dip Jasperware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On base of each piece
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 10
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 266
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 266/bis
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: JL 121
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular label with rounded corners, now dark cream

  • Text: o/5 ?/ PP
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in pencil
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.242 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 201328
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 12 May 2015 Updated: Tuesday 14 August 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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