For a description of this colorful and rare piece, I can’t do better than quote the accompanying 1973 letter from Geoffrey Godden the Chinaman. “The coffee-pot is a fine Worcester example of the 1765-70 period. This basic shape occurs plain and with at least two types of body moulding – of which yours represents the rarest. Different knob forms also occur, this flower-knob is a relatively late type. The flower painting looks particularly brilliant.” Also included is a Sotheby’s record of the sale of the pot in 2000. Their description says: “The baluster form body and cover molded in low relief with a continuous vine meander and colorfully painted with sprays and sprigs of flowers.” Neither Godden nor Sotheby’s mentioned the grape(?) leaves, scrolls and teardrop shapes that also show up in the molding. As you can tell, the painting was placed directly on top of the molding with no concern to follow its shapes. This practice was fairly common. Condition is good. The spout has a small reglued piece (shown), and the finial is either a complete or partial replacement. It is an impressive nine and a quarter inches tall.

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Worcester 18th Century Antique Molded Coffeepot c.1770 with Geoffrey Godden’s Letter of Appreciation.


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