Cadogan Wine Ewers :
These peach form winepots were a Chinese novelty meant to be a puzzling curiosity to a gathering of people who were sharing the wine. It appears there is no way to fill the ewer as there is no aperture on top, it seams impossible to fill it from the hole beneath as it would run straight out. So how was it filled ? There is a funnel in the base, so when the pot is righted the liquid stays inside. The later name, Cadogan, refers to teapots made in Europe, as well as the original Chinese wine. It is said that William Cadogan, 1st Earl Cadogan (1675 – 1726), was the first person to own a Chinese winepot of this shape, hence the name. In England the Cadogan teapot was particularly popular in the second quarter of the 19th century.
Other Examples of the Cadogan form
An Early Example of a ‘Cadogan Teapot’
Late Ming Porcelain From the Hatcher Cargo c.1643
A Rare Early 18th Century Biscuit Glazed Peach-Shaped `Cadogan Teapot’.
(R and G McPherson Antiques)
Meissen `Cadogan Teapot’ c.1725
(Metropolitan Museum of Art)