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Teapot: C.710 & A & B-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain teapot and saucer-shaped stand, painted underglaze in blue, overglaze in blue, turquoise, green, and red enamels, and gold with vertical panels of prunus blossom, chrysanthemums and a flower reserved in a blue ground

Soft-paste porcelain, painted underglaze in blue, overglaze in blue, turquoise, green, and red enamels, and gold. The teapot has a globular body with sixteen facets standing on a footring, a short cylindrical neck, a fluted, slightly curved upward-tilting spout, and a handle formed by two intertwined twigs with leaf terminals. There are five holes behind the spout to emit the tea. The domed cover is also faceted and has a ventilation hole, and a knob in the shape of a flower on a stem with two leaves. The underside of its rim and exterior of the flange which fits inside the neck of the pot are unglazed. The saucer has an inverted scalloped rim, deep curved sides, and stands on a footring. The pot is decorated with four vertical panels containing prunus blossom and chrysanthemums, alternating with narrower panels containing a circular red flowerhead reserved in a blue ground overlaid by gilded floral sprays. Below is a narrow blue border with reserved floral sprays. The cover is decorated en suite. Its flower knob is red with a yellow centre. The stand is decorated to match.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Ffowcs-Williams

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 1760 CE - 1770 CE


The stand may have been a saucer for a two-handled cup rather than teapot stand.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, turquoise, green and red) ground colour ( dark blue) gold
Stand Diameter 18.1 cm Height 3.8 cm
Teapot Height 15.4 cm Length 21.4 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead glaze Lead-glaze
presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: fretted square
  • Location: On base of pot and base of stand
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.710 & A & B-2016
Primary reference Number: 208385
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 16 February 2016 Updated: Wednesday 16 November 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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