Teapot of six-lobed melon form, Chantilly, soft paste porcelain, c.1735-40


This small Chantilly teapot is formed as a six-lobed melon shape, with handle and spout of rectangular section. Inspired by Japanese patterns, the brightly painted decoration of stylised flowers and wheat sheaves is in the Kakiemon palette.

Teapots of this form and decorated in the Japanese taste were terribly sophisticated in France during the 1730s and '40s. The fashionable lady in François Boucher's 1742 painting, La dame à la jarretière, is clearly using a similar teapot.

Hunting horn mark in iron-red.

Contained within the teapot is a 1963 visiting card for the Paris dealer, Lecomte Ullmann, describing this piece.

Condition: Cracks to the body, three chips to the upper rim, and misfiring to the base. The cover is a later hard paste replacement.

Dimensions: Height 9.5 cm; Width 13.6 cm

Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century French Porcelain, George Savage (Barrie & Rockliff, 1960).

Eighteenth-century French Porcelain in the Ashmolean Museum, Aileen Dawson (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1996).

French Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century, Christopher Maxwell (V&A Publishing, 2009).

Discovering the Secrets of Soft-Paste Porcelain at the Saint-Cloud Manufactory, c.1690-1766, Bertrand Rondot, Ed. (BGC / Yale, 1999).

La dame à la jarretière, oil on canvas, François Boucher, 1742 © Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.


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