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Coffee can and saucer: C.240 & A-2015

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Minton




Bone china (?) decorated with a bright yellow ground, painting in dark maroon enamel, and gilding. The can is cylindrical with a circular ring handle. The saucer has deep curved sides and stands on a footrim. The cup is decorated externally with a yellow ground on which is painted a dark maroon landscape with a ruin on the right, and a low farm house and a tree on the left with mountains in the distance. There is a gold band below and another on the rim. Inside at the top there is a border of gold foliated scrolls. The cup is decorated en suite with ruins in a landscape with trees and distant mountains radiating from two gold concentric circles in the middle. Below the the rim there is a border of foliated scrolls between gold horizontal bands. Pattern no. 604.


History note: Bondith [?], J. New York, from whom purchased with a pair on 10 December 1992,by Christopher Hogwood, CBE, (1941-2014) Cambridge; purchased from his executors by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1800


The decoration imitates French late 18th porcelain, decorated with yellow grounds and monochrome purple or dark puce landscapes. On Minton, the painting is often executed rather roughly.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( dark puce or maroon) gold
Suacer Diameter 13.8 cm
Cup Diameter 6.8 cm Height 6 cm Width 8.3 cm
Saucer Height 3.2 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: crossed Ls with M/604 below
  • Location: On base of each piece
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue enamel
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 257
  • Location: On base of each piece
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.240 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 201331
Old object number: 257
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 12 May 2015 Updated: Tuesday 29 November 2022 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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