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Teapot: C.706 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain, painted in polychrome enamels and gilt with the Oriental ‘Staghunt’ pattern, and two Chinamen conversing in a garden with a building and birds overhead

Soft-paste porcelain (steatitic), painted overglaze in blue, green, turquoise, puce, brownish-red, and black enamels and gilt. The globular pot stands on a footring, and has a short cylindrical neck, a slightly curved, upward-tilting spout, and a D-shaped handle. There are five holes behind the spout to emit the tea. The domed cover has a ventilation hole and a cone-shaped knob. On both sides of the pot there is a shaped oval panel with a gold edge. One is decorated with the Oriental Staghunt pattern, and the other with two Chinamen conversing in a garden with a building, and birds flying overhead. Round the shoulder there is a border of gold lappets. The cover is decorated with a landscape within a scalloped outline, and round the edge has gold lapets. The knob has red-brown strokes on its summit.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.8 cm
Length: 18.3 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


Third quarter of 18th century
Production date: circa AD 1770


The Stag Hunt pattern was derived from Chinese famille rose export porcelain of the mid 18th century, on which it was combined with bianco-sopra-bianco (white on white) decoration. It was copied by several English porcelain factories, including Worcester , Derby, Lowestoft, and Chaffers and Gilbody in Liverpool. It has been suggested that the pattern on Worcester porcelain may have been executed in the decorating workshop of James Giles in London.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, green turquoise, puce, brownish-red, and black) gold

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.706 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208388
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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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