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Teapot: C.717 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain teapot painted in blue, green, yellow, purple, and red enamels enamels and gold with ‘Dragon in Compartments’ pattern

Soft-paste porcelain thrown with applied moulded handle, spout and knob, painted overglaze in blue, yellowish-green, yellow, mauve, and red enamels, and gilt. The barrel-shaped body has a recessed base, an upward-tilting lightly fluted spout and an ear-shaped strap handle. There are six holes behind the spout to emit the tea. The almost flat cover fits onto a ledge inside the mouth of the pot. It has a large ventilation hole and a knob in the form of a flower with two leaves on its stalk. The underside of the rim and the outside of the flange which inside the mouth of the pot are unglazed. On each side the pot is decorated two panels repsectively containng a mythical beast and a table bearing vases and other objects. Below, a border of yellow and red triangles encircles the lower edge. The shoulder is decorated with a border of four oblong panels containing a plant in a pot alternativing with a striated diaper pattern, below which are four green and red lappets. There is a gold star and dots on the back of the handle and gold stylized foliage under and on top of the spout. The mouth and the end of the spot are banded in gold. The cover is decorated with panels containing plants, and a matchingborder. The knob and leaves are picked out in gold.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.9 cm
Length: 22 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Production date: circa AD 1780


This pattern is known as 'Dragon in Compartments' pattern. It was also used at Chamberlain's Worcester Factory in the early 19th century

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, yellowish-green, yellow mauve, red) gold
Spout And Handle

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: C.717 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208390
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 16 February 2016 Updated: Wednesday 11 May 2016 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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