Manchester Art Gallery

teapot

Object description

Squat pear-shaped teapot tapering to neck, on three applied feet in the form of a paw surmounted by a scallop shell. S-shaped spout in the form of open-mouthed serpent with panels of ribbing down each side, loop handle with groups of short notches between two long notches at thumb rest, and spur at lower terminal. Fine two-part slip-cast body with relief decoration on each side, of large pecten shell flanked at the top by flowering plants. Join marks of two halves disguised by narrow plain relief band running from lip to handle. Slip-cast body coated with fine white slip, now crazed and slightly discoloured, with cobalt blue colouring to flowers, sections of shell, feet, spout and notches of handle. Cover missing.