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Teapot: C.719 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Royal Porcelain Company




Bone china teapot with fluted body, transfer-printed with bouquets and floral sprigs, and gilt. Roanoke pattern.

Creamy-white bone china, slip-cast with applied spout, handle and knob, glazed and decorated with a multicolour transfer-print in blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, red, and purple. The globular body stands on a footring, and has a short cylindrical neck, a slightly curved fluted spout, and a D-shaped handled with a longitudinal ridge. The domed and fluted cover has a fluted cone-shaped knob, and a deep flange which fits inside the neck of the pot. Both sides of the pot are decorated with an arrangement of mixed flowers and two small floral sprigs above on the shoulder. There is one floral sprig on the underside of the spout. There is a gold stroke down the back of the handle and gold bands round the foot, neck, junction of spout and body and the tip of the spout. The cover has one large floral arrangement and three floral sprigs. There is a gold spot on the apex of the knob, and a gold band round its junction with the body, and round the outer edge.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.4 cm
Length: 21.4 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 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: circa AD 1955


According to Godden, 1988, the mark on this pot was used between 1944 and 1955. Roanoke pattern had been discontinued by the date of accession. For a teaset of this pattern, see Bonham's Edinburgh, 10 September 2010, Selected Art and Antiques, lot 650A.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ceramic printing colour gold

Materials used in production

Bone china

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Bone china, slip-cast with applied spout, handle and knob, glazed and decorated with a multicolour transfer-print in blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, red, and purple

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: crown over circle enclosing four cursive Ws around C51 with the first four words of the inscription encircling it and the remaining four words below

  • Location: On base and on inside of flange of cover
  • Method of creation: Transfer-printed overglaze in blac k
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.719 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208413
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 23 February 2016 Updated: Wednesday 23 November 2016 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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