ARTIST / MAKER: Worcester porcelain factory (manufacturer)
DATE: ca. 1758-60 (made)
PLACE: Worcester (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Soft-paste porcelain painted in underglaze enamels

This teapot was made by the Worcester porcelain factory, which was founded in 1751. The period of 1751-1783 is known as the ‘Dr Wall’ period, after one of the factory’s most prominent proprietors, Dr John Wall. During this period the factory was very successful in using soapstone, a rock rich in the mineral talc, to create high quality porcelain wares and used it as a main ingredient until the early 19th century. This teapot is painted in underglaze blue enamels with the ‘prunus root’ pattern.