Antique/Vintage Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (17022B-ZLK)


H: 7”  W: 6.5”  D: 3.625” | FREE SHIPPING!

This glazed white porcelain cat teapot with a raised paw, most vessels in this genre,  has a removable head for pouring liquid into the vessel and a  long sinuous tail handle for pouring liquid from the opening at the end of the paw. The hand painted whimsical and colorful design includes a thin ribbon-like blue collar and an impressive dangling ornamental bow with black accents that define the face, 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 preparing tea 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 cat-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 functional-and-utilitarian 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. This has a blank circle seal in the mold on the bottom, and later versions are stamped with “Made in China” and/or red stamped characters of the maker. Its condition is excellent with normal dark dot-like firing imperfections and minor scratches from age and its use. As with all Functional-and-Utilitarian antique teaware, 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: 7” Width: 6.5” Depth: 3.625”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 17.78cm Width: 16.51cm Depth: 9.20cm


Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

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