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Coffee can: C.41-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Liverpool factory (Probably)




Pearlware painted in enamels with floral spray, sprigs, butterfly, bird in flight and bug

White earthenware, moulded, with applied moulded handle, covered with blue tinted lead-glaze, unevenly applied, and painted in green, pale puce, red, and purple enamels. The can is cylindrical with fluted sides, and a loop handle. The upper part is decorated with four swags of green and purple foliage and flowers hanging from a dotted border with half daisy heads inside the swags. Below there is one large floral spray , two floral sprigs, and four leaves. The outside of the handle is painted in purple with five short lines, a half flower, a dot and a long stroke.


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)

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 5.5 cm
Height: 5.9 cm
Width: 7.7 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1790 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green and purple)

Materials used in production

slightly blue tinted Lead-glaze
white Earthenware

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: C.41-2015
Primary reference Number: 201633
Old object number: 140
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.41-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 2 June 2015 Updated: Tuesday 15 May 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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