Antique/Vintage Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (19420B-UAS)


H: 8”  W: 8”  D: 3.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

This charming porcelain cat teapot has a raised paw out of which tea can be poured, a removable head for pouring water into the vessel, and a sinuous tail for a handle. The design is whimsical and colorful with a thin ribbon-like red collar, green bow and green, black and red accents defining the face, ears, head and paws, all beautifully hand-painted.


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 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. 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 pot is part of the VA Antique-Chinese-Ceramics-and-Pottery Collection.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 7 in
Place of Origin



Antique/Vintage (1910-1980)



Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 8” Width: 8” Depth: 3.75”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 20.32cm Width: 20.32cm Depth: 9.53cm


1 lb


Excellent, See Descripton

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