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Coffee pot: C.463 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




Red dry-bodied stoneware with moulded handle and spout, and mould-applied sprigging

Red dry-bodied stoneware, the body thrown, with applied moulded handle and spout, and mould applied sprigging. The pot is pear-shaped with a long curved spout moulded with wicker pattern and foliage, and a loop handle. One side is decorated with a mould-applied figure of Britannia with lion and Union Jack shield, on which is the number '45'; on the other side there is a grotesque Chinese figure seated under a parasol. Above both figures there is a flying bird, and below a festoon of mould applied stylized flowers and scrollwork. The domed cover is decorated with a similar bird and flowers, and has an acorn-shaped knob.


History note: Aked, Green Street, Leicester Square, London from whom bought for £3.10.0. about 1898 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.7 cm
Width: 20.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1763 CE - 1765 CE


The '45' on the relief of Britannia refers to issue no. 45 of Wilkes' journal, The North Briton, in which he criticized the King's speech at the opening of Parliament on 23 April 1763.

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Materials used in production

Red dry-bodied stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 45
  • Location: On shield
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.463 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75191
Old object number: 980
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

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

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