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sitting bear teapot and cover
  • Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • sitting bear teapot and cover, circa 1740–1790
  • Where object was made: Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • porcelain, slip
  • Object Height: 17.8 cm
    Object Height: 7 in
  • Gift from The Frank P. and Harriet C. Burnap Collection
  • Not on display
  • 1937.0055.a,b
Label Text

Teapot and cover in form of sitting bear wearing muzzle. The bear is sitting on its haunches, the front paws hugging the spout. The detachable head was used as a drinking cup. Handle and spout are left in white glaze, while a harness of red slip decoration is around the neck and muzzle. The brown glaze over the surface clay with pieces of clay thrown on when wet, gives a realistic impression of rough brown fur.