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Coffee pot: C.595 & A-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware painted in polychrome enamels with a Chinoiserie garden scene

White stoneware, thrown, and moulded, salt-glazed, and painted in blue, green, pink, red, greyish-purple, and brownish-red enamels, and gilt. The pot has a tapering cylindrical body, a reeded strap handle with a kick at its base applied to one side, and applied at right angles to it, an upward curving spout with shell moulding on its underside. The domed cover has a flange on the underside which fits inside the neck of the pot. and on top, a squat vase-shaped knob. The side of the pot between the handle and spout is decorated with a man in Oriental costume standing beside a flowering tree. A bird stands below the spout, and on the other side is a basket of mixed flowers supported on a low mound. Round the neck there is a border of alternating panels of red trellis diaper pattern and a flower on a blue ground. On each side of the spout there is a green leaf and two simple flowers outlined in dark red. The handle has a vertical blue stripe down its middle. The cover is decorated with a man flanked by flowering shrubs, surrounded by a pink hatched border. A pair of red circles surround the junction of the knob, and it has another pair round its summit.


History note: Mrs Cater, Colchester; from whom bought for £100 on April 26 916 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.5 cm
Length: 13 cm
Width: 11.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George II or George III
Circa 1755 - 1765


Enamelled decoration on salt-glazed stoneware was introduced in north Staffordshire about 1750. The decoration of this pot was inspired by Chinese famille rose porcelain.

School or Style

famille rose

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, pink, brownish-red, purple and greyish-purple) gold
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 9.5 cm

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: fragment of a white stick-on label with blue line edging

  • Text: nothing
  • Location: On base
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.595 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75605
Old object number: 3849
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 26 January 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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