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Teapot: C.704 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain teapot painted in polychrome enamels on both sides with a Chinese man holding a bird, a boy and a lady seated beside a table in a garden

Soft-paste porcelain (steatitic), thrown, glazed and painted in green, yellow, pink, red, brown, grey, 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 with a longitudinal ridge. Behind the spout there are six holes to emit the tea. The domed cover has a ventilation hole and a knob in the form of a flower on a stalk with two leaves. The underside of its rim, and the exterior of the flange which fits inside the neck of the pot are unglazed. The two sides of the pot are decorated with the same scene. On the left, a Chinese man holding a bird stands beside a tree. A small boy approaches him and points towards the bird. On the right, a Chinese woman, holding a tobacco pipe, is seated beside a table on which there is a book. Around the handle there is a green and brown bank or rock. The cover is decorated with a table beside a rock and a tree, and with a flowering bush. The knob is pink with green leaves. Gilding has been used sparingly on the costume of the figures, and there are narrow gold and black bands rund the shoulder of the pot and the outer edge of the cover.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 14 cm
Length: 17.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Circa 1760 CE - 1775 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( green, yellow, pink, red, reddish-brown, grey, and black) gold
Spout And Knob

Materials used in production

presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: C.704 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208411
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 23 February 2016 Updated: Thursday 4 June 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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