Tea Service

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Tea Service


Chantilly Porcelain Manufactory (French, active about 1725 - about 1792)




Chantilly, France (Place created)


about 1730 - 1735


Soft-paste porcelain, polychrome enamel decoration

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A tea pot, lidded sugar bowl, and two cups and saucers made of soft-paste porcelain fit neatly onto a flat, lobed tray. These pieces are all shaped in the form of stylized leaves. Unusually, the set does not include a milk jug; as there is no room for one on the tray, one was evidently never made for this set.

Each element of this tea service is covered with a tin glaze, giving it an even creamy-white color as a ground for the enameled decoration. The "yellow squirrel" pattern repeated on each piece was copied from Japanese porcelain. The Prince de Condé, owner of the Chantilly Manufactory, had a large collection of Japanese ceramics, which frequently inspired the factory's porcelain painters. The "yellow squirrel" pattern is composed of two rigidly arranged sheaves of wheat contained by turquoise-colored bamboo poles with a yellow squirrel and blue and green flowers.

Related Works
Design in the Service of Tea (June 23 to December 11, 1984)
  • Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, (New York), June 23 to December 11, 1984

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 70, no. 155.

Whitehead, John. The French Interior in the Eighteenth Century (London, 1992), p. 122, no. 204.

Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 122, no. 204.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), pp. 104-05, no. 212.