Worcester barrel shape teapot, rare Chinese Landscape pattern, c.1760
Rare Worester barrel shaped teapot, moulded with finely detailed Chinese landscape including a fishing chinaman to one side, the other with a large group of flowers, with moulded scrolling foliage bands top & bottom, the knop a flower. Unmarked, Circa 1760
chip to spout restored.
ref. Zorensky #166 for a version with colour. Sandon describes the usual flower moulded form, then a Chinese Landscape form, which he calls much rarer. This example has another related pattern, with the same fishing Chinaman, but with the two tree types swapped: a willow where the prunus tree is, and vice versa. Sandon declaims -The decoration only occurs on barrel-shaped teapots which copy earlier Chinese blanc-de-chine originals. Some Worcester examples are known, but the glaze would not have been white enough to correctly resemble the Chinese originals......The identical design, but with added colour, is recorded by Rissik Marshall 1954, #95