The Chitra Collection: European Porcelains

The Chitra Collection: European Porcelains
This rare Meissen teapot has an apple-shaped form with a faceted gold spout and a wishbone-shaped handle and dates from 1730. The cartouches on each side contain harbor scenes in polychrome enamels, and in between are clusters of flowers in Japanese Kakiemon style. This type of harbor scene decoration is generally attributed to Christian Friedrich Herold (1700–1779), one of Meissen’s outstanding painters from 1725–1778.

Once the recipe for the production of porcelain had been discovered in Germany in 1708, potteries in Europe began to manufacture tea wares like those previously purchased from China and Japan. This fourth article about the Chitra Collection discusses how the porcelain industry developed in Europe; some of the techniques, styles, and decorations employed by the various ceramic manufacturers; and what we can learn about tea drinking in Europe at that time.

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