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Coffee-pot and cover; hard-paste porcelain; circular foot; swelling cylindrical body; elaborate knop, surmounted by artichoke finial; spout in form of grotesque male mask; handle shaped as coiled dragon; painted in colours with lake-side scenes in Italianate style; gilt ornament; unmarked.
- Production date
- 1775 (circa)
Height: 20.60 centimetres (with cover)
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1985
Little was known about the Würzburg porcelain factory until the second decade of the 20th century, but the characteristic fantastic forms of its domestic wares are now easily recognised. Like this coffee-pot, Würzburg wares are often finely painted. It has been suggested that the forms may be based on engravings, or on silver vessels.
The coffee-pot should be compared with another illustrated in R. J. Charleston (ed.), 'World Ceramics', London, 1968, fig. 620, p. 220, not impressed CGW as stated in the caption. This example is more richly gilt than the British Museum coffee-pot. No others of this shape are recorded.
A teapot and cover painted with harbour scenes is in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, see H. Jedding, 'Europaïsches Porzellan', Munich, 1971, Band I, p. III/198, fig. 572. Matching pieces were made, such as the cups and saucers illustrated by S. Ducret (1968, Abb. 12, 13) from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Mainfränkisches Museum, Würzburg collections respectively.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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