A Fine First Period Worcester ‘Gentleman’s Mandarin’ Globular Shaped Teapot and Cover

Circa 1765-1770

A fine first period Worcester ‘Gentleman’s Mandarin’ globular shaped teapot and cover with loop handle and gilt dressed spout. Along the sides, panels in iron red outline feature gilt scroll work and panels reserved with puce landscapes. Above and below the spout and handle, iron red outlined cartouches feature bamboo and lingzhi fungus painted in black, symbolising longevity and harmony. The cover, with an open flower sprig finial painted in puce and yellow, continues a scene decorated in the Mandarin style on the body in gilt and overglaze enamels. On the front, a lady dressed in puce, turquoise, and yellow robes, raises her hand, extending a flower to a young boy dressed in blue robes and yellow trousers. Next to her is a boy waving his right hand, dressed in iron red robes and green trousers. Behind him, a blue vase stands on a ledge in front of a building, shaded by overhanging pine. On the reverse, a lady dressed in puce, yellow, and black robes stands flanked by two boys who follow her gesture, right hand raised with fingers extended, the left flicked downwards.

Dimensions
Length 8 ins. (20.3 cms.) Height 5 1/4 ins. (13.3 cms.)

Literature
The Mandarin style is discussed in Simon Spero and John Sandon, Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection (1996), 171.

Stock No. 1923

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