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  • Place of origin:

    Yixing, China (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red stoneware with moulded decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, room 7, case CA14

Physical description

Round teapot with moulded decoration of squirrels and vine. Metal spout with chain linking spout to lid and to handle.

Place of Origin

Yixing, China (made)


18th century (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Red stoneware with moulded decoration


Height: 8.6 cm

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rose Kerr, Yixing Wares in the V&A, Orientations Oct 1983.
Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.133, pl.189

Labels and date


During the 17th century tea was an expensive luxury taken both as a medicine and for refreshment. It was much more widely drunk in the 18th century, when it was fashionable among the wealthy of continental Europe. During this period, all the tea drunk in Europe was Chinese. Chinese teapots like this were admired in Europe, where they were rare imports.

China (Yixing)

Unglazed red stoneware

Mounts: Europe; silver


Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection code


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