Antique/Vintage Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (19420D-QAS)


H: 7”  W: 8”  D: 3.625” | FREE SHIPPING!

This porcelain teapot figurine is a rotund cat figurine comically sitting on a mouse has a raised paw out of which tea can be poured, a removable head for adding water, and a long sinuous tail for a handle. The whimsical and colorful design with long ribbon and blue collar with a dangling blue bow and the black, pink, and brown accents that define the face, ears, head, paws, and body and all are hand-painted.


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 glaze surface was the preferred form for these 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). Chinese Republic cat-teapots are often portrayed with a raised paw as its spout and a removable head to add water, 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 good luck and fortune into their store. These antique-Chinese-ceramics-and-pottery cats often have long ribbons (shoudai) around their necks as a homophone and symbol for longevity (shou 壽). They 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, minor discoloration, and scratches demonstrating its age and use. This is an antique/vintage piece from the Qing Dynasty or Chinese Republic. As with all 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.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in
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Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 7” Width: 8” Depth: 3.625”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 17.78cm Width: 20.32cm Depth: 9.21cm


1 lb 4 oz


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