This teapot is of unusually small size and is almost small enough to be called a toy or miniature. It is only four inches high. One of Worcester's most popular early patterns, Prunus Root is presumed to be copied directly from Chinese export porcelain, but if this is true any specimen of the original Chinese prototype has proved to be particularly elusive. It might be an English original design, based on a number of Chinese designs. Introduced in the early 1750s, the pattern was used mostly on teawares, both plain and fluted. Only a few other factories dabbled with the pattern, and the design is not known on delftware, but at Worcester it was enduring, its use spanning more than thirty years. Smaller teapots such as this one would have been more common toward the early years of the factory. There is a very small restored chip to the end of the spout.
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