Teapot

English
about 1770
Made at Worcester Manufactory (England)


Object Place: Europe, England

Dimensions

Overall (teapot): 15.7 x 21.4 cm (6 3/16 x 8 7/16 in.) Overall (stand): 2 x 14.2 cm (13/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.2163a-b

Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain with underglaze scale blue ground, decorated in polychrome enamels and gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Porcelain

The wheel-thrown spherical teapot has an entwined handle, a fluted spout, and a domed cover with a flower finial. The stand is of fluted hexagonal shape with a flat, unglazed base. The reserve panels on the scale blue ground are framed in gilt scrollwork and beading. The larger panels contain exotic birds and spiky leaved branches; the smaller have insects, with the exception of two plums in the center of the stand and minute red and green flowers on its border panels. The handle and spout attachments are touched with gold and there are gold bands edging the cover and at the neck and foot. A gold band encircles the steam hole.

Markings

Teapot: fretted square in underglaze blue. Stand: crescent in blue

Provenance

Sir Austin Chamberlain, K.G. Estate of the late Eli B. Springs. The American Art Association; November 19-24, 1934, the American Art Association sold as lot 694. Forsyth Wickes (b.1876-d.1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection