Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Elements oF Style: Fine porcelain Teapot

Shall we have afternoon tea?
I came across some of these very delicate 18th century teapots at Brian Haughton Gallery at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show. All teapots have vibrant colors. These items must be the early days of "East meets West".

" Eighteenth century Europe found quite a different form of design to grow in tandem with the Age of Enlightenment, that of Chinoiserie. It was a fresh new innovative decorative approach based on figural and landscape scenes from the far East. A capricious, imaginary and whimsical interpretation of perceived life, inspired by both factual accounts and pure fantasy."

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A Teapot, Cover and Stand, the globular teapot with loop handle, domed cover and open rose finial, decorated with the "spinning Maiden" pattern showing a Chinese lade seated at a loom wearing a green and magenta dress, surrounded by a border of iron red and puce foliage with panels of luster, after Bottger period Meissen, beneath a gold crowfoot border, the hexagonal stand with similar decoration. Circa 1765

Teapot of a Warmstry flute shape, with double interlaced handles, beautifully painted in typical bright colors with the "Jabberwocky" pattern, showing a growing dragon perched near a flowering artichoke and banded hedges within elaborate turquoise scrolled borders, the domed cover with open flower finial. Circa 1765- 70

Globular shape teapot, decorated in the Mandarin style, with a Chinese family at leisure within a fenced garden, beneath a prunus tree, the boy holding a fishing rod, on a gold scrolled reserved with circular panels of puce sprigs and oriental flowering plants, the slightly domed cover with open rose finial and similar Chinese inspired decoration. Circa 1765

This globular shape with looped handle, the cover with open rose finial, decorated in Mandarin style on one side with a mother and child with a tiny black spotted dog at their feet within a garden beneath a bare tree, other side with a similar mother and child seated at a table, the lady holding a hair ornament, beneath an iron red and gold scrolled border. Circa 1765.
An extremely rare and unusual First Period Worcester Baluster Marked Water Jug, decorated fully in the Mandarin style with a family seated outside at a table under palm trees, the sides with panels of birds reserved on a res interlocking scale ground, beneath a geometric floral border and a bearded man spout. Circa 1770.

All pictures and description from Brian Haughton Gallery.

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