Porcelain Teapot with lid and saucer
Compagnie des Indes ( Chinese , 1719 - 1794 )
- 18th century
Introduced into Europe during the 17th century, tea drinking was a popular custom by the middle of the 18th century. Tea, spices, silks, and porcelain made up most of the cargoes of the sailing ships of the Dutch, English, Danish, Swedish, and Portugese East India Companies. Wealthy Europeans demanded more varied and colorful tea wares than the familiar blue and white Canton. The Reves Collection has a group of unusual teapots which indicate how China responded to this increasingly sophisticated taste.
This teapot is of traditional Chinese shape with sloping, swelling sides and a domed lid. It has applied porcelain reliefs of plum blossoms, twigs, and chrysanthemums as well as painted borders in iron-red and gold. The lid finial is naturalistically modeled in the form of a leafed twig.
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 201.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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