Worcester coffee pot & cover, painted with ‘Gillyflower’ underglaze, C.1775


Worcester fluted coffee pot, with high dome lid & flower knop, painted underglaze in the ‘Gillyflower’ pattern.

Circa 1775

Condition: several rim chips filled but not overpainted, otherwise good condition, terrific display piece.

25cm high



Worcester coffee pot & cover C. 1775

Fluted, with a sparrow beak, an ear shaped handle and with a flower knop on the cover, the milk pot is painted in under-glaze blue in the “Gillyflower” pattern with associated sprigs. “Gillyflower” is an old English name adapted from the French for a carnation and the pattern is of French derivation. It was a very popular pattern in the mid 1770s.
The baluster-shaped coffee pot has an applied ear-shaped handle with a large thumb rest that is more typical of an earlier period (see catalogue no.12). The domed cover has a flower knop. Although coffee cups were standard with most tea services, coffee pots were rarely included, particularlytoward the end of the 18th century.

English Private Collection

Reference: Sandon, J. “The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain Vol. I 1751-1851” p. 116 (coffee pot) and p. 178 (pattern)
Branyan, L., French, N. and Sandon, J. “Worcester Blue and White Porcelain 1751-1790” L.E.12

Literature: Spero, S. and Sandon, J. “Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790, The Zorensky Collection” p. 218, no. 248 and p. 298, no.
(polychrome examples of the milk pot) and p. 460, no. 628 (coffee pot)
Godden, G.A. “Godden’s Guide to English Blue and White Porcelain” p. 413, pl. 514
Sandon, H. “The Illustrated Guide to Worcester Porcelain” pl. 140 (shows a coffee pot with the plainer, more typical
handle of this later period. It also has a button knop)




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