Coffee Pot

Category Ceramics
Sub category Studio Pottery
Artist / Designer Michael Cardew
Manufacturer Abuja Pottery
Material Stoneware
Place of origin Africa, Nigeria, Abuja
Date Ca 1960

Brown glaze with sgraffito decoration

Height 18.5cm

MC’ in monogram and Abuja Pottery seal, impressed.

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This coffee pot design is one perfected by Cardew at the Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire in the 1930s combining an elegant prehistoric Cretan spout with a traditional Devon jug shape. The decoration, incised through the glaze, occurs on the earlier pieces but by the 50s had evolved as Cardew absorbed ideas from African pottery. This is a version of a pattern known as the Vumé lily named after the earlier Vumé Pottery in Ghana.