Teapot, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1753-54


This rare and early teapot combines moulded elements with a sophisticated appreciation for Chinese decoration. Here the Worcester artist has taken a silver form and blended it with a typically idiosyncratic famille rose painting style. On one side, a Long Eliza painted in a style reminiscent of the Yongzheng period (1723-35), stands in a garden beneath a parasol. On the reverse, an intrepid goat is perched high on a hollow rock.

Provenance: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Gift of Mrs Constance D. Stieglitz, in memory of her husband, Marcel H. Stieglitz, 1964; Christie’s, New York, American Collecting in the English Tradition: Property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 27 October 2015, lot 37; an English Private Collection.

Condition: Two sections of the collar/rim are lacking and have been replaced with a museum repair. There are also small chips to the end of the spout. There is no other damage, cracks or restoration, and the enamel decoration is in excellent order. The pot appears to have sagged slightly in the kiln. The cover is lacking.

Dimensions: Height 9.6 cm

Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon (Antique Collectors' Club, 1996).


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