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Teapot: C.1 & A-1972

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain decorated with polychrome enamels, dark lilac lustre, and gilding. The teapot has a pear-shaped body standing on a footring .It has a loop handle with moulded foliage on the upper and lower ends and a curved spout with a grotesque mask in relief at its base.The domed cover has a reel-shaped finial. The end of the spout has a silver-gilt mount and cover, lined to the finial by a chain. On each side there is a cartouche with two rectangular and two curved sides, framed by iron-red, brown and gold scrolls, and small areas of lustre. One is occupied by a landscape with a river, and the other by a landscape with a lake. There are insects in the spaces between the cartouches, and 'Indian' flowers under the spout, down the back of the handle, and on the cover. There are gold bands round the foot and neck of the pot, and a border fo gold scrollwork on the shoulder. The cover has a gold band round the rim, round the finial, and two bands on the finial.


History note: Ralph Bernal Collection; sold Christie's 5 March and subsequent days, 1855, The Celebrated Collection of Works of Art . . . of that distinguished collector, Ralph Bernal, Esq., fourth day, 8 March, lot 420 (?, the only lot coinciding with the appearance of the pot); C.W. Reynolds Collection; sold Christie's 30 May 1871, Pottery and Porcelain, lot 212

Legal notes

Given by Sir Richard Jessel

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.9 cm
Width: 16.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972-01-20) by Jessel, Richard, Sir


Circa 1723 CE - 1724 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of lustre enamel gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: K.P.M.
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 212 A teapot and cover, painted with river scenes in two medallions,/and with ornaments in pink and gold, mask under the spout./ From the Bernal Collection' and in ink 'bought May 30 1871/at Christie's sale of C.W. Reynolds Esq
  • Location: On extract from sale catalogue inside the pot
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand-written
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: tea pot and sucrier of early Dresden/K.P.M.; from the Bernal Collection
  • Location: On extract from a sale catalogue attached to base of pot
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1 & A-1972
Primary reference Number: 140091
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 13 October 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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