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Teapot

1745-1749
Origin: England, Chelsea
OH(with cover): 6 7/8"; H(without cover): 5 3/8"; Spout through handle: 6 1/2"; W: 4 11/16"
Porcelain, soft-paste
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1962-83,A&B
A white teapot in the form of a fat Asian man with feet crossed, stomach and chest bare, holding a parrot by the left wing and tail. The parrot, with beak open, forms the spout. The loop handle is in the form of a gnarled branch; the cover is in the form of a conical hat with fruit and leaves finial. Incised triangle under glaze on base.
Label:The body of this teapot is in the form of a squatting Asian man who holds a parrot that serves as the spout. Branches form the handle; a conical hat is the cover.

A similarity to some grotesque figures made at St. Cloud has been noted by at least one scholar, and East Asian prototypes have also been suggested, including an Asian man astride a cock.

Three other examples of this form are known.
Provenance:Ex coll: O. Glendenning (M.G.K., Mr. Tyrer, M.G. Kaufman.
Mark(s):Incised triangle under glaze on base.
Inscription(s):None.