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Teapot

Object Details

Title:

Teapot

Artists/Makers:

Johann Friedrich Böttger (German, 1682 - 1719)

Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, active 1710 - present)

Culture:

German

Place:

Meissen, Germany (Place Created)

Date:

1715–1720

Medium:

Stoneware with a gilt metal chain and mount

Object Number:

85.DI.287

Dimensions:

14 × 15.7 × 12.4 cm (5 1/2 × 6 3/16 × 4 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

Throughout the 1700s, tea was made in concentrated form and was very strong and quite bitter. It was then diluted with hot water. Because tea was so expensive and precious, people mainly served from small teapots such as this one and often reused their tea leaves.

Johann Friedrich Böttger, the first European to develop hard-paste porcelain, began producing red stoneware in 1708. For only twenty years, the Meissen porcelain manufactory produced this extremely hard material. This teapot's form, polished surface, and cast floral decoration imitate contemporary silver designs.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea (August 2 to November 29, 2009)
  • Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA (Los Angeles), August 2 to November 29, 2009
Bibliography
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), pp. 177, 247, no. 203.

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. 237, no. 411.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 169, no. 331.

Gutter, Malcolm D. "Through the Looking Glass: Viewing Bottger and Other Red Stoneware." Keramik-Freunde der Schweiz 114 (December 2001), p. 17.

Hohenegger, Beatrice. "The Tea Craze in the West." In Steeped in History: The Art of Tea, exh. cat. Beatrice Hohenegger, ed. (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 2009), pp. 132-33, no. IIII.12.