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Teapot: C.716 & A-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain barrel-shaped teapot painted in polychrome enamels and gilded

Soft-paste porcelain (presumed steatitic), painted in blue, bluish-green, yellow, pink, mauve, and purple enamels and gilded. The pot has a barrel-shaped body with a recessed base, a lightly fluted, upward sloping spout, and an ear-shaped handle. The wall behind the spout is pierced by six holes to emit the tea. The circular cover rests on a ledge inside the mouth of the pot, and has a knob in the shape of a flower on a stem with two leaves. The underside of its rim, and the exterior of the flange which fits inside the rim of the pot are unglazed. Both sides of the pot are decorated with a circular gold wreath enclosing an arrangement of stylized polychrome flowers and foliage, outisde which are foud different floral sprays with a small leaf sprig between them. On the shoulder there is a mauve diaper pattern border with a wavy gold edge with groups of three dark pink spots at intervals. There are gold formal plant motifs on the back of the handle and the top and underside of the spout. The cover is decorated with small floral sprays and a border to match the shoulder. The edges of the floral knob and its leaves are highlighted in gold.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor Shon Ffowcs-Williams

Measurements and weight

Height: 12 cm
Length: 19.6 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

School or Style

famille rose

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, bluish-green, yellow, pink, mauve, purple) gold

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
presumed steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: C.716 & A-2016
Primary reference Number: 208428
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 15 March 2016 Updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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