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Catalog Number R1999.8.8ab
Object Name Teapot
Title Teapot
Description eapot having a globular body, straight spout, loop handle, and domed cover with a teardrop-shaped finial, decorated in overglaze famille rose enamels with a Chinese landscape scene with figures and trees wrapping around the body of the pot with an impaled coat of arms on either side.

This teapot is decorated with an elegantly painted scene of Chinese figures in a garden over which hovers a coat of arms. The arms are of Bales of Wilby, Suffolk, impaling Wilmot of Chaddeston, Derbyshire. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to identify which Mr. Bales married which Ms. Wilmot.

Porcelain decorated with scenes of Chinese figures, which were sometimes known as "Image China," was popular in the eighteenth century because they were thought to provide a window onto the mysterious world of Asia. The English author Robert Southey commented in 1808 that "plates and tea saucers have made us better acquainted with the Chinese than we are with any other distant people."

In addition to the porcelain tea service, an enamel-on-copper tea caddy and tray decorated with the Bales's coat of arms survive. Made in Canton, painted enamel trays, boxes and other objects were popular export items, but very few armorial examples are known.
Year Range from 1750
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Possibly Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), China
Collection The Reeves Center
Collector Herbert G. McKay
On View Reeves Center, Chinese Armorial Gallery