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Catalog Number R1996.3.2ab
Object Name Teapot
Description Teapot of globular form with tear-shaped knob on a domed cover; decorated in polychrome enamels and gold, with shell-and-scroll border on the shoulder and cover, central scene on opposite sides of a draped figure seated beside a tree on a grassy knoll and playing a lyre.

Whether Orpheus or Apollo, both of whom were depicted with a lyre, this well-known image originates in classical antiquity. Various Roman mosaics depict Orpheus seated on a rock playing his lyre to surrounding animals, while on some frescoes Apollo holds a lyre and turns his head to one side.

Unidentified figures playing a lyre are included in enciphers of grotesques by Jean Berain I (1640-1711). In addition, a painting by Claude Audran III (1658-1734), entitled Apollo, depicts an effeminate figure with a lyre in a pose similar to the one shown here.
Year Range from 1745
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase
On View No