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Coffee pot: C.725 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain, transfer-printed in black and painted in polychrome enamels with Chinese figures, flowers, and foliage, and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain, thrown, with applied moulded spout, handle and knob, glazed, transfer-printed in black, and painted in pale blue, green, yellow, mauve, red, and black enamels, and gilded. The pear-shaped pot stands on a footring, and has a long slightly curved, upward-tilting spout and a loop handle with a thumbpiece at the top, and a rounded kick at the bottom. The domed cover has a narrow rim, a ventilation hole and a knob in the shape of a flower on a stem with two leaves. the underside of the rim and the exterior of the flange which its inside the pot are unglazed. The pot is decorated with the same scene on both sides. On the right, a Chinese man holding a small cup is seated on a stool beside a table with a vase of flowers on it. A Chinese woman holding a tray of cups is standing to the left of the table, accompanied by a little boy. Behind them there is a tall three-legged stand on which is a green bowl containing scrolls and a bone. The areas below the handle and behind the spout are decorated with black and red foliage within two red vertical lines. There is a coloured floral spray under the spout, and two red leaves and dots on the back of the handle. The cover is decorated with smaller versions of the same figures, separated by triangular panels of black and red foliage. The flower knob has a yellow centre and red petals.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm
Length: 17 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2016-01-25) by Ffowcs-Williams, Shon


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


The use of transfer-printed outlines to be hand-coloured allowed less skilled painters to be employed as decorators, thus keeping down costs

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black) enamel ( blue, green, yellow, mauve, red, and black) gold
Handle And Spout

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Glaze
presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.725 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208416
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 23 February 2016 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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