Antique Porcelain Cat Teapot, China (17022C-GLK)


H: 7”  W: 7”  D: 3.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

This charming white porcelain cat teapot with a raised paw has a removable head l, a sinuous tail handle to pour tea from the end of the paw, and a removable head to add water to the vessel. Beautifully hand-painted whimsical and colorful designs include  a thin ribbon-like blue collar, an impressive dangling ornamental bow, and the black accents that define the face, ears, head and paws.



In China and Japan cats are often portrayed in the form of small-teapots that provide individualized servings and better retain heat for the teaPorcelain with a g;aze surface was the preferred form for these functional-and-utilitarian teaware pouring-vessels as it was viewed as more elegant. Since Mao (猫), the word for cat in Chinese, is a homophone for octogenarian, it has been a well-known Chinese longevity symbol (shou 壽). Antique-vintage 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 and to promote and maintain positive energy (chi)and bring in good luck and fortune. These antique-Chinese-ceramics-and-pottery teapots often have long ribbons (shoudai) around their necks as a homophone and symbol for longevity (shou 壽). These charming teapots enrich any space and as symbolic wish for a long life and good luck make special gifts for any occasion, especially birthdays. It is in excellent with minor, normal dark dot-like firing imperfections as on most white glazed objects and normal scratches demonstrating its age and use. There is an indented circle on the bottom without Chinese characters and no red stamp or seal naming the maker or factory. This piece is likely an antique dating to the Qing Dynasty and dating circa 1900-1920. Later pieces have “Made in China” or stamps of the maker on the bottom. 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: 7” Width: 7” Depth: 3.5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 17.78cm Width: 17.78cm Depth: 8.89cm




Excellent, See Descripton

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