Earthenware coffee pot, press moulded in the form of a cauliflower
- Object Number: STKMG:2225
- Simple Name: coffee pot
- Production Place: Stoke-on-Trent
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Creation, production or manufacture details: moulded
- Production Period:
- Summary: Earthenware coffee pot, press moulded in the form of a cauliflower. The lower part of the pot resembles the leaves and is decorated with a semi-translucent green glaze.
- Terms:fruit & vegetable forms
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Additional Notes: Tablewares moulded in the form of fruit and vegetables, including apples, pears, melons, pineapples, artichokes, cabbages and, in this case, cauliflowers, were popular and made by a number potters within Staffordshire and elsewhere during from the mid 18th century. Many pieces of this type have been associated with the Thomas Whieldon & Josiah Wedgwood partnership, 1754-1759. It is true that both potters, in partnership and later individually, produced these wares and that during his partnership with Whieldon, Wedgwood developed his own refined version of the distinctive green glaze. However, by 1766 green-glazed wares were being produced so extensively that Wedgwood declared himself "heartily sick of the commodity" and ceased production.
- Additional Notes: The coffee pot is typical of the playful Rococo style, popular during the mid 18th Century with it?s fanciful, light themes and pastel colours. Cauliflower tea and coffee wares proved extremely popular and, despite the Rococo style losing ground from the 1760s to the cool and sober styles of neoclassicism, these wares continued to made into the 19th Century.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery