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A Rare and Extremely Important Early Worcester Coffee Pot


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Dates Circa 1752
Medium Porcelain
Origin England
Description A rare and extremely important early Worcester coffee pot, of silver shape, painted in a mixture of styles; a famille vert palette with a profusion of Indianische Blumen style large flowers, a large ho-ho bird and butterflies, and a Chinese ‘precious object’ on the spout. The cover has a simpler design of trailing flowers. The design appears to be inspired by the early Meissen style and is reminiscent of the paintings of Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck (German, 1714–1754), both in palette and composition.  The cover is a very good association.

22cm High

18cm Wide (Handle to spout)

11cm Dia. foot
Condition Body cracks with rivet holes filled
Literature Simon Spero, Lund’s Bristol and Early Worcester Porcelain, 1750–58; A J Smith Collection, p.134, no 50, for a very similar coffee pot with the same decoration on the reverse and lid. Simon Spero notes "Here is surely incontrovertible evidence of the factories' stated aspiration as a porcelain manufactory in imitation of Dresden ware."

For influences from Löwenfinck’s painting on Meissen porcelain and faience see: Ulrich Pietsch, Phantastische Welten Maleriei auf Meissen Porzellan und deutschen Fayencen von Adam Friedrich von Löwenfinck 1714-1754; p. 110, No 6, a Meissen Bowl (1728-30), for the sparse painting on the reverse of the pot and the lid; p. 157, No 52, flowers on a Meissen tankard (Circa 1735), and p. 252, no 152, a Fulda faience vase, c. 1741-4, which shows this very similar profusion of flowers. All of these pieces are in a similar palette.