H. with cover: 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm.)
Gr. W.: 7 1/16 in. (7.9 cm.)
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts,1999
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 508
The third factory in Europe to produce hard-paste porcelain was founded in Venice in 1720 by Francesco Vezzi (1651–1740); it remained in operation for only seven years. The imperfections of the teapot's glaze reflect the experimental nature of porcelain at this time.
Marking:  Ven:a (in underglaze blue)  Af (incised)
[ W. Agnew and Company, Ltd., London, England (until 1999; sold to MMA) ]