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ca. 1765
Origin: England, Staffordshire
OH (pot): 7 13/16"; OH(pot and cover) 10 11/16"; Diam: 5 1/2"; Handle through spout: 7 3/4".
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1958-286,A&B
Coffeepot and cover. Pear-shaped pot, molded to resemble a pineapple with diamond-shaped diaper and long narrow triangles (leaves) and covered with green and yellow color-glazes; long spout molded with acanthus leaves at tip and base, "S"-shaped handle of reverse "C" scrolls, and foot of green glaze; interior cream colored. High domed cover with molding and color of pot, and green finial in form of a flower bud or a cauliflower.
Label:Whimsical tea and coffee wares in the shape of richly colored pineapples and cauliflowers were popular in colonial America in the third quarter of the eighteenth century. However, a 1767 letter from English potter Josiah Wedgwood to partner Thomas Bentley indicates that such "green and gold" items were already out of fashion in England. Wedgwood was glad to see these out-dated goods shipped to America. By doing so, he gained both income and much needed space in his warehouses. The potter's letter confirms that he, and no doubt most English manufacturers, occasionally dumped undesirable goods on a hapless American market. Ironically, merchants in America almost invariably touted the wares as "newly arrived from London" and "in the latest taste."
Provenance:Ex collection: Mr. J. Watts.
A. F. Allbrook, London