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Teapot: C.718 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain teapot decorated with a scale blue ground, and reserves painted in blue, green, and red enamels and gold with chrysanthemums and wheatsheaves

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, with applied handle, spout, and knob, decorated with a blue scale ground, painting in blue, green, red, and black enamels, and gilded. The oval pot has a curving shoulder, an upward tilting spout, and a harp-shaped handle with a rounded kick at the lower end. The oval cover is slightly domed and has a ventilation hole and an oval urn-shaped knob. The pot and cover are decorated with scale blue grounds, and reserves framed by gold scrolls and oval beads. Both sides of the pot have a large shaped reserve, one containing Japanese-style flowers and wheatsheaves, and the other flowers and an insect. On either side of these there are narrow shaped reserves containing a flowering plant, and on the shoulder, two smaller triangular reserves containing half a flower and foliage. There is an oval reserve containing a floral spray under the spout. The cover is decorated to match. The back of the handle is painted in gold with a feathery leaf, and there are gold bands round the mouth, foot, and end of the spout, and round the edge of the cover and knob, which also has strokes of gold radiating from its apex.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Length: 18.2 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


Late 18th century
Flight Period (1783-92)
Circa 1783 CE - 1789 CE


The stylized chrysanthemums and wheatsheaves were among the most common motifs used in Worcester Japan patterns

School or Style


Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated with underglaze blue ground colour, reserves painted in blue, green, red, and black enamels, and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Flight/crescent
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.718 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208409
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 23 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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