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|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Museum Purchase|