Teapot

German
about 1720-35
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)


Object Place: Meissen, Europe, Germany

Dimensions

11 cm (4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

34.1348a-b

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

Teapot or wine pot in the form of a phoenix. Tail curls to form handle. Spout is midway down the bird’s neck. Compare 1983.623a-b.


This teapot or wine pot takes the form of a phoenix, a mythical bird regarded in China as an omen of good luck. A Chinese red stoneware pot in the collection of Augustus the Strong served as the model. True to the Chinese original, the liquid pours from a hole at the base of the bird’s neck.

Provenance

By 1911, Dudley Leavitt Pickman (b. 1850 - d. 1938), Boston [see note]; 1934, gift of Dudley Leavitt Pickman to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 6, 1934)

NOTE: First lent to the MFA on May 19, 1911.

Credit Line

Gift of Dudley Leavitt Pickman