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Coffee can and saucer: C.247 & A-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: John Rose & Co (Probably)




Hybrid porcelain with a pale purple lustre ground and decorated in gold. The cup is cylindrical with a loop handle with two very slight inward curves on the lower side. The saucer has deep sloping sides and a recessed base. The exterior of the cup is decorated on the outside with a mauve lustre ground over which is painted in gold a woman seated on a stool holding an arrow in her right hand and an unidentifiable object in her left. She looks towards a woman seated on a stool on the right who holds out her left arm to take the unidentifiable object, and in her raised left hand holds a larger leaf-shaped object. On the left there is a woman seated on a rock who holds out her left hand towards the central figure and supports a banner on a pole with her right hand. Behind her, a two-handled urn stands on the ground. There are gold bands round the rim and lower edge, and the whole of the handle is gilded. The interior of the saucer has a mauve lustre ground painted with a man in classical dress holding a thyrsus in his left hand and making an offering of something held in his right over a smoking altar. Below there is a shield over crossed spears; on the right a lozenge-shaped shield over crossed spears; and on the left, an axe, a flambeau and a victor’s wreath.


History note: Mercury, [probably the firm at 1 Ladbroke Road,] London, from whom purchased on 26 October 1998 by Christopher Hogwood CBE (1941-2014); 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

  • Coalport ⪼ Shropshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
George IV
Production date: circa AD 1810


The attribution to Coalport is based on the resemblance of the decoration to lustred earthenware made there such as a plate in the Victoria and Albert Museum, C.253-1909, with copper lustred ground and gold neoclassical motifs, dated to c. 1805-10.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior Of Cup composed of copper-lustre ( pale purple)
Interior Of Saucer composed of copper-lustre ( pale purple)
Decoration composed of gold
Saucedr Diameter 12.8 cm
Cup Diameter 6.8 cm Height 8.5 cm Width 9 cm
Saucer Height 3 cm

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hybrid hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: two small spots side by side
  • Location: On inside edge of footring
  • Method of creation: Painted in pale purple lustre
  • Type: Decorator's mark

Inscription present: circular whitepaper stick-on label with the number written in black and the bis in green

  • Text: 1314/bis
  • Location: On base of cup
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black and green ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 1314/bis
  • Location: On base of saucer
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in green ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.247 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 201346
Old object number: 1314 bis
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 19 May 2015 Updated: Wednesday 17 February 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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