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Coffee set for two: C.15.1-5-2018

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Coffee set for two


Designer: Moorcroft, William
Pottery: Moorcroft Pottery




Earthenware decorated with under glaze colours.

Coffee set comprising coffee pot (C.15.1 & A-2018), milk jug (C.15.2-2018), sugar basin (C.15.3-2018) and a pair of coffee cans with saucers (C.15.4 & A-2018, C.15.5 & A-2018). Coffee can: small but tall, with straight sides tapering slightly towards the rim, a tall spout and loop handle; conical lid with central knob. Milk jug with straight sides tapering slightly towards the rim, with lip and loop handle. Sugar basin with slightly flared straight sides. Coffee cans with straight sides and loop handles, sitting on round saucers with straight, upturned side rims. The set decorated with a fruit and floral pattern surrounded by a rich red colour; the insides a deep blue, excepting the coffee pot which has a sea green interior. The undersides of the saucers coloured and glazed, the other pieces unglazed.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs Thelma Marks

Legal notes

Given by Thelma Marks

Place(s) associated

  • Cobridge ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2018-11-19) by Marks, Thelma


Early 20th century
Circa 1930 CE - Circa 1940 CE


The decoration of fruit and flowers in a rich palette is typical of Moorcroft pottery and the straight-sided streamlined form of this set typical of the decade in which it was made.

William Moorcroft (1872-1945), the son of a potteries artist and designer, trained at Burslem School of Art and in London and Paris. His designs sold through Tiffany of New York, Liberty of London and other prestigious stores. In 1898 he joined James Macintyre & Co to take charge of their art pottery department and in 1913 opened the Moorcroft Pottery, in Sandbach Road, Cobridge, with 30 workers and financial support from Liberty’s. His son Walter continued the business when he died. William Moorcroft designed both the shape and decoration of his pottery and experimented widely with glazes and decorating processes.

School or Style

Art Pottery

Components of the work

Decoration composed of underglaze colours
Coffee Pot Height 19 cm
Coffee Can Saucers Height 2 cm
Sugar Basin Height 4.2 cm
Coffee Cans Height 5.6 cm
Jug Height 7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Hand building : Earthenware, in two parts, painted underglaze
Painting underglaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W Moorcroft
  • Location: Underside of base (all pieces)
  • Method of creation: Stamped underglaze in blue script
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Location: Underside of base (all pieces)
  • Method of creation: Stamped underglaze in very small capitals
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Location: Underside of base (all pieces)
  • Method of creation: Stamped into the clay
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15.1-5-2018
Primary reference Number: 226132
Entry form number: 1366
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 18 December 2018 Updated: Monday 15 February 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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