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Teapot: C.708 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain teapot, painted underglaze in blue probably with ‘Mansfield’ pattern, and later clobbered in red and gold.

Soft-paste porcelain painted underglaze in blue, and later clobbered in red and gold. 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. In the wall behind the spout there is a circle of five holes to emit the tea. The low domed cover has a ventilation hold and an applied knob in the shape of a flower on a stalk with two small leaves; the underside of its rim and the outside of the flange which fits inside the neck of the pot are unglazed. The sides are decorated with a floral design known as 'Mansfield pattern', and there is a border of scrolls and diaper panels encircling the shoulder. There are floral sprays on the top and underside of the spout, and a stem down the back of the handle. Red and gold flowers and gold outlines have been added over all. The cover is decorated to match.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.2 cm
Length: 18 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2016-05-16) by Ffowcs-Williams, Shon


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Circa 1760 - 1775


This Worcester teapot was initially decorated only underglaze in blue and was 'clobbered', probably at a later date, that is it had red enamel and gilding applied and fired one after the other in a decorating studio outside the factory, possibly in London. This was intended to imitate Japanese Imari porcelain.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( red) cobalt gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze; except for flange on cover Glaze
presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.708 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208251
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 9 February 2016 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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