The Sir Joshua Reynolds pattern shows a colorful long-tailed bird perched on tall turquoise rockwork, flanked by flowering plants and insects in flight, within a wide wet-blue border gilt with sprays of foliage, with scrollwork inside the rim. The exact origin of the pattern is unknown but Hobson, in “Worcester Porcelain,” plate 34, illustrates a Japanese vase with a similar bird as part of a more complicated design. The pattern is often found on fluted teawares and probably corresponds to “the fine old Pheasant pattern” listed in the 1769 Worcester sale catalogue. By tradition, Sir Joshua Reynolds possessed a service of this pattern. The teapot is six and a half inches high. There are some small repairs to the ends of the petals of the finial and there is a tiny glaze rub to the tip of the spout.

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Worcester Teapot Sir Joshua Reynolds Pattern C.1770


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