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Teapot: C.127 & A-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain teapot painted underglaze in blue with 'Mansfield' pattern

Soft-paste porcelain painted in blue under slightly blue glaze. The globular pot stands on a footring and has a cylindrical neck, a small curved spout and a rolled loop handle. There are five holes forming a circle in the wall behind the spout, and an impressed circle in the centre of the base. The slightly domed cover has a narrow flange, a ventilation hole and a knob in the form of a flower on a stalk with two leaves. The underside of the flange is unglazed. Both sides of the pot are decorated with 'Mansfield' pattern comprising a large complex flower with below and to right and left sprays of stylized leaves and flowers, and round the neck a border of diaper pattern panels and scrolls. There is a floral spray on the underside of the spout and spiral with a tail on its top. The cover is decorated with a floral spray and a blue band round the edge.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; on loan since 2006

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 13 cm
Length: 18.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


18th Century, third quarter
George II
George III
Production date: circa AD 1760


Mansfield pattern was very common and popular over a long period from c. 1757 to 1780. Branyon et al (see Documentation) point out that the name is 20th century. Comparable patterns were used by Bow, Lowestoft, Chaffers and Christians, Liverpool, Plymouth and Derby. A printed version was made at Caughley. Large numbers of fragments and glost wasters have been found on the Worcester factory site, ‘at almost every level of the factory site excavations’.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: script G or Y
  • Location: On base of pot
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: rectangular white stick-on label

  • Text: ?/Worcester
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in red biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.127 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 205097
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.127 & A-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 11 August 2015 Updated: Thursday 24 September 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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