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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Manufacturer: Cockpit Hill Pottery (Probably)
Manufacturer: Unidentified Yorkshire Pottery




Creamware painted in red, black and green enamels on one side with a parrot perched on a branch pecking at cherries, and on the other with roses

Dark cream earthenware, thrown, and rouletted, with an applied moulded spout, reeded handles with moulded terminals, and applied knob on the cover. The lead-glaze is very sligthly yellow. The ovoid pot has rouletted beading round the base and mouth, a curved fluted spout with pointed leaves round its junction with the body, and seven holes behind it to emit the tea. The double entwined reeded handle has four leafy termals. The almost flat cover has a rouletted beading border, a ventilation hole, and a convolvulus-shaped knob. One side is painted with a parrot perching in a tree and pecking cherries. The other side is painted with two large red roses and foliage. The cover is painted with three small floral sprays, and the flower knob has a red edging.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January); Lady Batchelor, died 2014

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through the Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm
Length: 17.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1770 CE - 1775 CE


The Cockpit Hill factory at Derby operated between 1751 and 1779. It produced creamware with transfer-printed and hand-painted enamelled decoration, often in red, green and black, as on this teapot. The parrot on one side was derived from a 'Parrot Pecking Fruit' , an engraving by Robert Hancock published in Robert Sayer's 'The Ladies Amuseument or, Whole Art of Japanning made Easy', 2nd edition, c. 1762. This was a popular motif which also appeared printed underglaze in blue on Worcester and Caughley porcelain.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, red, and black)

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Lead-glazing : Dark cream earthenware, thrown and rouletted, with applied moulded spout, and applied reeded handle and terminals, the cover with applied knob, lead-glazed and painted in green, red, and black enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 37
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.32 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 201561
Old object number: 37
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.32 & A-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 2 June 2015 Updated: Monday 23 October 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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