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Coffee pot: C.1067 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Coffee pot


Production: Leeds Pottery (Probably)




Creamware painted in enamels on one side with a festooned medallion enclosing a bust portrait of William V of Orange, and on the other side with a similar medallion enclosing a harbour scene; smaller medallions of harbour scenes adorn the cover which has a flower knob.

Cream-coloured earthenware thrown, with applied moulded spout, and handle, lead-glazed, and painted in green, yellow, red, pale to dark manganese-purple, and black enamels. The pear-shaped pot has a long curved spout with fluted foliage around its lower part, and a loop handle in the form of two interlaced reeded bands with floral terminals at the upper and lower ends. There is a large circular hole in the side behind the spout to emit the coffee. The high domed cover has a ventilation hole, and a knob in the shape of a flower (rose?) with three tiers of petals on a stalk with three leaves. One side of the pot is decorated with a bust portrait of William V of Orange in profile to left, in an oval medallion with a dark red ground and a yellow border, surrounded by festoons of roses and laurel-wreaths. Above there is a small horizontal oval medallion enclosing a small harbour scene. On the other side is a similarly bedecked oval medallion enclosing a harbour-scene with three figures in the foreground. Above is a small horizontal oval medallion enclosing another scene and on the cover two vertical oval medallions with views of a ship and two figures on the shore.


History note: Mr Freeman's sale, Cambridge 27 January 1904; purchased for £3.10s.0d. by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher FRS, Trinity College

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 28 cm
Width: 23.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Leeds (Yorks.) ⪼ Yorkshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1780 - 1790


This pot is an unusually well painted example of Dutch-decorated English creamware, much of which is painted with brightly-coloured outlined portraits of Prince Willem V of Orange (1748-1806) and his wife, Wilhelmina of Prussia (1751-1820). See also C.1065 & A-1928 and C.1066-1928. The attribution to the Leeds Pottery, which operated from 1770, is not entirely certain. The decoration of the spout and handle illustrates the persistence of Rococo features on creamware after the Neoclassical style had become fashionable in the late eighteenth century.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels
Surface composed of lead-glaze
Foot Diameter 11.5 cm
Handle Terminals

Materials used in production

cream Earthenware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with dark blue line edging and in each of the cut corners a plant motif rather like a fleur-de-lys

  • Text: Leeds ware/coffee pot/decorated in/Holland in /overglaze colours./The best specimen/of its kind I/have seen./b. at Mr Freeman's/sale at Cambridge/Jan 27,1904
  • Location: Inside cover
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1067 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 71261
Old object number: 1932
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 17 January 2024 Last processed: Wednesday 17 January 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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