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Teapot: C.705 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain teapot, transfer-printed in black and painted in polychrome enamels on both sides with a Chinese scene with a man seated and woman standing beside a table, a bowl on a stand, a woman and child, and a woman holding a fan

Soft-paste porcelain (steatitic), thrown with applied handle, spout and knob, transfer-printed onglaze in black, and painted in blue, green, yellow dark pink, brownish-red, and black enamels, and lightly 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 with a longitudinal ridge. There are five holes behind the spout 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 leaves. The underside of its rim, and outside of the flange which fits inside the neck of the pot, are unglazed. Both sides of the exterior are decorated with the same Chinese scene. On the right, a woman stands behind a man seated beside a table on which is a vase of flowers. To the left of the table there is a long-legged stand supporting a bowl . A woman accompanied by a little boy carries a tray bearing two cups towards the couple on the right, and on the far left another woman approaches carrying a screen fan. Under the spout there is a floral spray, and round the shoulder a border comprising a red line, a scalloped line and dots. On the outside of the handle there are two red trefoil leaves and five dots. The cover is decorated with the man seated beside the table, and the woman carrying a tray, surrounded by a border to match the pot. The flower knob has red-tipped petals, a yellow centre, and its leaves are green.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.6 cm
Width: 18.5 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
George III
Production date: circa AD 1770

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour ( black) enamel ( blue, green, yellow, dark pink, brownish-red, and black.)

Materials used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label, part of text now illegible

  • Text: 2292 T/WORCESTER/c. 1763-70
  • Location: On base of pot
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black biro
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.705 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208389
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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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