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Teapot: EC.15 & A-1941

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Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Soft-paste porcelain teapot and cover, moulded with acanthus leaves and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels with flowers and insects.

Soft-paste porcelain teapot and cover, moulded, and painted overglaze in red, yellow, green, blue, turquoise, puce, and black enamels. The globular body is moulded with overlapping acanthus leaves, and stands on six rudimentary feet. The loop handle is applied with three studded bands, and the slightly domed cover is surmounted by an applied oak leaf and acorn knop. Both pieces are painted in with garden flowers among scattered butterflies and insects.


History note: Dr Bellamy Gardner Collection; sold Sotheby's, 12 June 1941, Catalogue of the Celebrated Collection of Chelsea Porcelain, English Ceramics, and Enamels. The Property of Dr and Mrs Bellamy Gardner, lot 35.

Legal notes

Given by the National Art Collections Fund as Trustee of the R. S. Cochrane Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-06-12) by National Art Collections Fund


Mid 18th Century
George II
Triangle Period
Circa 1745 CE - Circa 1749 CE


Acanthus, also known as 'strawberry leaf' tea and coffee wares are found with the incised triangle and the underglaze-blue crown and trident marks. They appear with coloured European flowers, as here, and with Japanese Kakiemon-style decoration.

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, yellow, green, blue, turquoise, puce, and black) Handle To Spout Length 15.5 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded with acanthus leaves and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels with flowers and insects
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.15 & A-1941
Primary reference Number: 118589
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 October 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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