Wickes and Wakelin Gentlemen's Ledger, unnumbered vol. 1747-1750, Victoria and Albert Museum, Art Library, f. 49
London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Rococo Art and Design in Hogarth's England, 1984, no. G.25
The exhibition catalogue notes that, 'The duck-head spout is also a feature of contemporary Parisian silver (cf. a teapot by Godin, Paris 1749; Hernmarck 1977 pl. 322), but fantastic bird and dragon spouts had been a recurring element in pots for hot beverages from the 1680s; cf. an English teapot of c.1686 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston): two pots attributed to Willaume of 1717 and 1706 (Wilding Coll., British Museum; Asheton Bennett Coll., Birmingham) and Augsberg services of c. 1700-1720 (Hernmarck 1977 pl. 308-10, 312); the bird spout also occurs both in metal spouts fitted to ceramic pots and in wholly ceramic pots.'