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Photo: Paul Macapia


ca. 1753-54

A combination of Asian-influenced motifs is presented upon this teapot, which was shaped after a contemporary European silver form. Lobed melon shapes in Western silver were inspired by the red stoneware teapots of Yixing, the earliest Chinese teapots to arrive in Europe.
Soft paste porcelain
5 1/2 in. (14 cm), height
Kenneth and Priscilla Klepser Porcelain Collection
Provenance: The Frank Arnold Collection, until 1964; [Sotheby's, London, January 28, 1964]; purchased by Mr and Mrs Kenneth and Priscilla Klepser, 1964-1994; gift from Mr and Mrs Kenneth and Priscilla Klepser to Seattle Art Museum, Washington, 1994
Photo: Paul Macapia
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Porcelain Stories: From China to Europe", February 17, 2000-May 7, 2000 (2/17/2000 - 5/7/2000)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection, August 8, 1985-September 22, 1985. 1984-85 circuit included: Minneapolis, MN, Minneapolis Institute of Art; San Francisco, CA, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Atlanta, GA, High Museum of Art; Sarasota, FL, Ringling Museum of Art.

Published ReferencesFinlay, Robert. "The Pilgrim Art: Cultures of Porcelain in World History". Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 2010, illustrated pl. 11

Emerson, Julie. "The Klepser Collection of Worcester porcelain." The Magazine Antiques, January 1988.

Emerson, Julie, Jennifer Chen, & Mimi Gardner Gates, "Porcelain Stories, From China to Europe", Seattle Art Museum, 2000, pg. 111

Spero, Simon. Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection. London: Minneapolis Institute of Arts in association with Lund Humphries Publishers, 1984.

Sotheby’s. English porcelain, second and final part . Auction catalogue, 28 January 1964.
Note: material unavailable and not included in this object record.

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