Hampshire Cultural Trust

Teapot 1660-80

A teapot of about 1760-1780 made in China, faithfully copying the shape and decoration of one made at the Meissen factory in Germany around twenty years earlier. Although this is a Chinese copy of a European pot, the European pot in question was in some ways a copy of a Chinese one. The overall bullet-shape is far-eastern; the handle with its ribs suggesting bamboo and spout like a bird’s gaping beak are ‘chinoiseries’ (fanciful Chinese motifs designed in the west). The pot illustrates the interplay of design influences between Europe and China in the 18th century.

Accession no HMCMS:DA2002.72.15

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