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Teapot and lid

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1730-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in overglaze polychrome enamels and openwork

  • Credit Line:

    Cope Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 12, shelf 6 []

This teapot was made in the kilns of Jingdezhen in southern China at a time when large quantities of mass-produced porcelain were shipped to the European markets by state companies and private merchants.

In about 1730, the potters in Jingdezhen already mastered the use of pink enamel, which had been introduced in the colour palette for decorating porcelain, glass and metals a decade earlier. Due to the predominance of pink, this kind of porcelain was called famille rose by European collectors of the mid 1800s. In this example, the exagonal body is enriched with openwork panels and floral decorations in relief.

Physical description

Porcelain teapot and cover, hexagonal in shape and with openwork panels, painted in overglaze polychrome enamels of the famille rose type; each panel is decorated with a prunus tree on a ground of honeycomb pattern, and enclosed in a floral band. The shoulder and handles are painted with floral sprays, the neck with a band of ruyi, and the cover is in openwork with branches of peach tree.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


ca. 1730-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in overglaze polychrome enamels and openwork


Height: 12 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain teapot with lid, decorated in overglaze enamels of famille rose type and with openwork panels, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1730-1750

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

Clunas, Craig (ed.). Chinese Export Art and Design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987, p. 48, fig. 28.

Labels and date

Porcelain with decoration in overglaze enamels
Relief openwork panels and painted flowers
About 1730-1750
Cope Bequest [1987]




Enamelling (painting); Carving; Modelling

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Ruyi; Prunus tree


Porcelain; Ceramics; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


East Asia Collection

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