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Teapot: C.709 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain painted underglaze in blue, overglaze in blue, turquoise, green, red, and black enamels and gold in Kakiemon style with vertical panels of prunus blossom, chrysanthemums, and a flower reserved in a blue ground

Soft-paste porcelain, painted underglaze in dark blue, overglaze in blue, turquoise, green, red, and black enamels and gilded. 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 are five holes in a circle to emit the tea. The low domed cover has a ventilation hole and a 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 is unglazed. The body is decorated on both sides with two wide white panels decorated respectively with prunus blossom and chrysanthemum sprays separated by a narrow panel with a central circular red and white flowerhead reserved in a dark blue ground overlaid by giold stylized flowers and foliage. There are comparable panels surrounding the handle and spout, which each have small red formal plant motifs on them.The cover is decorated en suite, and its knob has red petals and centre.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Ffocs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.8 cm
Length: 18.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1760 CE - 1775 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green, turqoise, red, and black) ground colour ( blue) gold

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
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.709 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208387
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 16 February 2016 Updated: Wednesday 16 November 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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