Famille Verte 1680-1725
Height 105 mm (4.13 inch), diameter ear to spout 146 mm (5.75 inch), diameter of mouthrim 45 mm (1.77 inch), diameter of footring 53 mm (2.09 inch), weight with cover 264 grams (9.31 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 37 grams (1.31 ounce (oz.))
Teapot on footring, moulded body and cover, straight spout and C-shaped handle. Domed cover with round knob. Decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and black and green enamel with six shaped panels each filled with various flowering plants growing from rockwork, on the shoulder a descending pointed leaves-pattern border and on the neck a zig-zag lines pattern border. On the cover a descending pointed leaves-pattern border. Handle and spout with florets between scrolls.
Toward the end of the 17th century, stimulated by commissions from the court in Peking, the porcelain factories began to experiment with new glazes and decoration techniques. One of the methods developed at that time was the application of decorations along with glazes coloured by metal oxides, the so-called 'enamel'. To apply the decoration, the object had to be first glazed and fired. Then the enamel could be applied and the object was inserted into the kiln for a second time.
One of the types of porcelain thus decorated, in which a green-tinted enamel is prominent, is commonly referred to as famille verte. And naturally, the variant in which pink dominates the decoration was allocated the name famille rose. The verte type was produced from the second half of the 17th century onward, while the rose variant appeared on the market later, in around 1725. (Source: Breekbaar Goed. Een eerbetoon aan Minke A. de Visser (1989-1966), exhibition held at the Groninger Museum, Groningen, 20 March 2015 - 15 March 2016)
Only grown in China and Japan during the 17th Century, tea became known in the Netherlands early because the Dutch East India Company (VOC) shipped small quantities home. Its use as a beverage was established slowly and was probably started by retired VOC employees who had become accustomed to drinking tea in the East. At a tea party, the expensive beverage was served in small teapots, one for each guest, filled with the leaves of the type he or she preferred. The tea was poured into small cups, while the teapot was refilled with hot water from a metal or sometimes ceramic kettle. The small quantity of famille verte teapots still abound reflects the demand in Europe at the time. Elaborately decorated, they must have been regarded as luxury wares for the upper classes. (Jörg 2011/2, p.131)
Condition: A shallow chip with a short-connected hairline to the tip of the spout, some very tiny spots on the rim of the cover, caused by popped bubbles of glaze during the firing process.
Breekbaar Goed. Een eerbetoon aan Minke A. de Visser (1989-1966), exhibition held at the Groninger Museum, Groningen, 20 March 2015 - 15 March 2016)
Price: € 749 - $ 838 - £ 661
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