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Coffee pot: C.635 & A-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




Lead-glazed redware with replacement painted tin lid and decorated with chinoiserie and foliate reliefs.

Red earthenware with lead glaze and replacement painted tin lid. The sides of the pentagonal slip-cast body taper upwards. It has an eight-faceted, curved spout and reeded loop handle applied at right-angles to one another. Each side of the body has different relief decoration: (clockwise from handle) there is a bird perched on a disc with a cat below, then two birds above a lion holding a fleur-de-lys in one paw, followed by three sides showing birds over chinoiserie buildings. The top of each side features foliate scrollwork. The pyramidal lid has reliefs of chinoiserie buildings and an urn-shaped finial.


History note: Provenance unknown before Mr Stoner, London; Mr Stoner sold on 14 July 1919 to Dr J. W. L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher bequest.

Measurements and weight

Width: 13.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, second quarter#
George II
Circa 1740 CE - Circa 1750 CE


The tapering polygonal shape and right-angled arrangement of handle and spout is inspired by silverware coffee pots.

Components of the work

Body composed of earthenware ( red coloured) lead-glaze
Lid composed of tin
Body Without Lid Height 15.9 cm
Body With Lid Height 21.9 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: stick-on octagonal white paper label with blue border

  • Text: illegible, except for the date July 14, 1919
  • Location: Base
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.635 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75715
Old catalogue number: 4205
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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