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Coffee pot: C.723 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain, with fluted body and cover, painted underglaze in blue with floral sprays on the spout and handle, and narrow borders on the neck and cover

Soft-paste porcelain (steatitic), painted underglaze in blue. The fluted pear-shaped body stands on a footring and has a tall slightly curved and facetted spout, a double curved handle with a thumb piece at the top and a kick at the bottom. The domed cover is fluted and has a flower-shaped knob with two small leaves. The underside of its rim and the exterior of the flange which fits inside the neck of the pot are unglazed. The handle is decorated with a flowerhead flanked by ferns, and spout has a floral spray on its underside and a spiral motif on its top. A line runs round the body just above the footring and there is a narrow border of contiguous rectangles round the neck, each having a spot in a reserved oval in the middle. The rim of the cover is decorated with a striated border broken in six places by a stylized floral motif, and there is a little stylized foliage around the flower knob.


History note: Unknown before donor, Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.7 cm
Length: 16.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1760

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt

Materials used in production

assumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain
except for flange of cover Glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: open crescent
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.723 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208436
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 29 March 2016 Updated: Wednesday 16 November 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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