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Coffee pot: C.35 & A-1934

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Hexagonal coffee pot and cover of press-moulded, lead-glazed agate ware, the cover with a Chinese lion knob, and attached to the body by a metal chain

Reddish-brown, blue, and white agate ware, press-moulded and lead-glazed.


History note: Cecil Baring, 3rd Lord Revelstoke (1864-1934); sold Puttick & Simpson, London, 20-23 November 1934, Catalogue of an Important Collection of Old English Pottery. The property of the Rt. Hon. Lord Revelstoke, lot 137

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Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1934-11-20) by Puttick & Simpson


18th Century, third quarter#
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1765 CE


Agate ware was made by 'wedging' together clays of different colours, which, when slabbed, or thrown and turned, produced a variegated or marbled effect reminiscent of hardstones. In the mid 18th century the dark red-brown agate wares made in the 1720s and 1730s gave way to combinations of white clay with light and dark brown or brown and blue-stained clays. The former can produce fascinating toffee-like markings, while the latter gives a more subtle effect approaching the reflectiveness of silver. The form of this pot is comparable to silver coffee pots of about 1720.

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Components of the work

Both Parts composed of agate ware
Over Knob Height 25 cm
Base Width 17.8 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.35 & A-1934
Primary reference Number: 74633
Glaisher addition number: Gl. Add. 52-1934
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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