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Teapot: C.703 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels and gilt with Chinese figures, scrolls and stylized flowers

Soft-paste porcelain (steatitic), thrown, with applied moulded handle, spout, and knob, glazed, and painted in blue, turquoise, green, mauve, red, reddish-brown, and black enamels, and gilt. The globular pot stands on a footring and has a cylindrical neck, 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 withtwo leaves. The underside of its rim, and the outer edge of the flange which fits inside the pot is unglazed. One side of the pot is decorated with a Chinese vendor with two oval parcels on pans suspended from a pole approaching a Chinese man, woman and child, and on the other, with a Chinese woman at a window and another standing outside in a garden. The figures are distinguished by having curved quiffs of hair on top of their heads. The areas around the handle and spout are decorated with red scrolls and red and black stylized flowers and foliage, and there is a small red and black floral spray on the top of the spout. On the back of the handle in red is a formal flowerhead with short lines and dots on either side of it. The cover is decorated with a fence and a tree within red scrolls and with two arrangements of red and black flowers and foliage. The knob has a green centre and red petals.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.1 cm
Length: 18 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 - 1770 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, turquoise, green, mauve, red, reddish-brown, and black) gold
Spout And Handle

Materials used in production

presumed lead-glaze Glaze
presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Soft-paste porcelain, thrown, with applied moulded handle, spout, and knob, glazed and painted in blue, turquoise, green, mauve, red, reddish-brown, and black enamels, and gilded

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: E13
  • Location: On base and inside the cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.703 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208415
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 23 February 2016 Updated: Wednesday 16 November 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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