ARTIST / MAKER: Worcester porcelain factory (manufacturer)
DATE: ca. 1758 (made)
PLACE: Worcester (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Soft-paste porcelain, press-moulded and painted in underglaze blue enamel

The Worcester porcelain factory was founded in 1751 and succeeded in creating tea wares that were more thinly potted yet able to better withstand the temperature of boiling water. This was due to the use of soapstone, a rock rich in the mineral talc, that was added to the clay. This Worcester teapot has been decorated in underglaze blue enamels with a transfer printed scene, that was an easy, cheap and popular method of decorating ceramics. The central reserve features the ‘Fisherman and Willow Pavillion’ pattern that was used to decorate many items made at the Worcester factory.