Antique/Vintage Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (16944A-WLE)


This charming white porcelain cat teapot has a removable head for pouring liquid into the vessel, a long sinuous tail as a handle, and an opening at the end of its paw to serve tea. The hand painted design is whimsical and colorful featuring a thin ribbon-like gold collar and dangling ornamental bow and black accents and pink strokes that define the face, eyes, ears, head and paws.


In China and Japan cats are often portrayed as small-teapots that provide individualized tea servings and better retain heat. White porcelain with a clear glaze was often the preferred pottery form for antique-Chinese-ceramics-and-pottery teaware as it was viewed as more elegant. Since Mao (猫), the word for cat, is a homophone for octogenarian, it is a well-known Chinese longevity symbol (shou 壽). Qing dynasty and Chinese-Republic  functional-and-utilitariancat-teapots are often portrayed with a raised paw as its spout, a popular motif of a “beckoning cat” like the famous Japanese Maneki Neko widely used in feng shui, especially among Chinese merchants, as a greeting and welcoming gesture to promote and maintain positive energy (chi) and bring good luck and fortune into their store. These cats often have long ribbons (shoudai) around their necks, a homophone symbolizing longevity (shou 壽). They are charming antique/vintage porcelain pouring-vessels that will enrich any space, and their symbolic wishes for a long life and good luck make them appropriate gifts for any occasion, especially birthdays. Its condition is excellent with normal dark dot-like firing imperfections and minor scratches from age and its use. There is a blank circle seal in the mold on the bottom, and later vintage versions are stamped with “Made in China” and/or red stamped characters of the maker. As with any Functional-and-Utilitarian antiques we advise they be used only for decorative purposes. They make great kitchen-accessories, and cat lovers will especially enjoy them. This teapot is part of the VA Antique-Chinese-Ceramics-and-Pottery Collection.

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in
Place of Origin



Antique/Vintage (1910-1980)



Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 5.5” W: 5.” D: 3.375”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 13.79cm W: 12.70cm D: 8.26cm


9 oz


Excellent, no restoration/repairs.

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