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Teapot: C.713 & A-2016

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Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain teapot, decorated with an underglaze blue ground, and reserves painted in polychrome enamels and with exotic birds and insects, and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain, decorated with an underglaze dark blue ground, painting in green, yellow, red, puce, purple enamels, and gilding. The globular pot stands on a footring and has a short cylindrical neck, a slightly curved, upward-tilting spout, and a D-shaped loop handle. The wall behind the spout has six holes to emit the tea. The domed cover has a ventilation hole and a knob in the shape of a flower on a stalk with two leaves; the underside of its rim, and the outside of the flange which fits inside the neck of the pot are unglazed. On each side of the pot there is a circular reserve framed by gold scrolls and short strokes, enclosing on one side two exotic birds and two plants, and on the other, one exotic bird and a plant. Under the spout there is an oval reserve with a gold frame enclosing a rose bud and leaves. There are four sprays of gold leaves at the junction of the top of the handle with the body, three at its lower end, and two leaves, two spots, two dots and a stroke down the back of the handle. The cover has two oval reserves with gold frames enclosing a butterly and another insect respectively. The flower knob has a yellow centre and pink-tipped petals.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.6 cm
Length: 19 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2016-01-25) by Ffowcs-Williams, Shon


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1765 CE - 1770 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of ground colour ( blue from cobalt) enamel ( green, yellow, puce, red, purple) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze; except for underside of rim and side of flange on the cover Glaze
presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: open crescent
  • Location: On base of pot
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.713 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208235
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 9 February 2016 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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