about 1725
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Meissen, Germany


Overall: 15 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm (5 7/8 x 7 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

Not On View





In shape of a helmed man holding a fish which forms the spout. The handle formed by a herm with a faun on his shield. White with much gilding of Chinese figures probably executed in Augsburg.

This teapot’s unusual shape is taken from an engraving in the 1667 Book of Vases, an influential book of designs by French painter Jacques Stella. Described in early Meissen records as a teapot “in the form of an old man,” this moel remained in production for a decade, often with gold or enamel decoration added afterwards by independent painters working in Augsburg.


Inscribed in ink on old (19th century?) paper label: "From the Marryat Collection engraved on page 328 of his 1868 book on Porcelain and Pottery"

Partial printed label [from an auction catalogue] describing "a white and gold teap..."

Gummed MFA label inscribed in ink, "DLP" [Dudley Leavit Pickman]


No Mark


Joseph Marryat, London. By 1911, Dudley Leavitt Pickman (b. 1850 -d. 1938), Boston [see note]; by descent to his son, Edward Motley Pickman (b. 1886 - d. 1959) and his wife, Hester M. (Mrs. Edward M.) Pickman (b. 1898 - d. 1989), Bedford, MA; 1962, gift of Mrs. Edward M. Pickman to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 19, 1962)

NOTE: Lent to the MFA by Dudley Leavitt Pickman, May 19, 1911 - January 8, 1912.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward Pickman