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Coffee Can and Saucer: C.2 & A-2001

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Current Location: In storage


Coffee Can and Saucer


Factory: Unknown (Probably)
Decorator: New Hall Porcelain Factory (Perhaps)




Hard-paste porcelain coffee can and saucer, painted overglaze with Oriental landscape in blue and red enamels, and gilt.

Hard-paste porcelain coffee can and saucer, painted overglaze in blue and red enamels, and gilt. The cylindrical cup has an ear-shaped handle with an internal kick near the lower end, and a recessed base. The circular saucer has sloping sides and a flat centre with a recessed base. The underside of the edges of the base of both pieces are unglazed. The cup is decorated on the exterior with a continuous stylised Oriental landscape with buildings, hillocks, and fruiting and other trees. There was originally a gold band round the rim, and the handle has patches of gilding on its outer surface. The saucer is decorated en suite inside and has the slight remains of a gold band round the design, and another round the rim.


History note: Peter Crabbe, 3 Pembroke Street, Cambridge

Legal notes

Bought with the University Purchase Fund

Measurements and weight

Width: 8.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ China

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2001) by Peter Crabbe Antiques


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
George III
George IV
Circa 1770 CE - 1830 CE


Although the porcelain appears to be Chinese, the place of decoration is not entirely certain to be Chinese.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gilt ( patches) enamel ( red and blue)
Saucer Diameter 13.3 cm Height 3.0 cm
Rim Diameter 6.2 cm
Cup Height 6.5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Thrown, painted overglaze in blue and red enamels, with patches of gilding on outer surface
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2 & A-2001
Primary reference Number: 20856
Entry form number: 147
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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