A series of similar models are known that share the same form but differ in the style of the rococo high relief decoration and the shape of the finial.
They are thought to be the ‘panelled’ teapots listed in Worcester’s London Showroom price list c.1755.
Although the underglaze blue decoration is known as the ‘Indian Fisherman’ pattern, it depicts a Chinese angler beneath a willow tree with a figure in a sampan to the reverse. The pattern occurs only on teapots and matching milk jug, a number of which have appeared on the market in recent years.
Prices depend greatly on condition and the quality of the moulding, which varies widely. This example, with a small hairline to rim, brought a relatively modest £1200 on July 6.