Fantastic teapot in the form of seated camel on spreading oval base, with legs tucked in to side of body. Camel bears tall rectangular tower/howdah on its back, strapped around belly, sides of which are decorated in relief with indistinct figure bust on one side, figure of Bacchus astride a barrel on the other. Scrollwork to shoulders and haunches of camel's body, figure of a man in frock coat and wig standing by camel's side to right of spout. S-shaped spout moulded with flowering stems, plain loop handle with folded spur at lower terminal. Shallow domed cover in the form of elongated hexagonal tower roof, with moulded roof beams and large kylin finial, small pierced hole to one side. Two part slip-cast white body, with scattered daubs of cobalt blue and finely crazed glaze suggesting body was slip-dipped before firing.
without cover: 11.6cm
with cover: 13.8cm
across spout and handle: 15.4cm
Place of creation
Bequeathed by Thomas Tylston Greg
© Manchester Art Gallery