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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Toy Teapot and Cover

ca. 1785-95 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the late 18th-century there was a great demand for the proven blue-and-white porcelains of the Worcester and Caughley factories. Demand increased after the East India Company discontinued the import of Chinese porcelain tableware in 1791. Surviving miniature toy services give a good idea of their practical elegance.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Teapot
  • Cover
Materials and Techniques
Soft-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue
Brief Description
Toy teapot and cover of soft-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue, Caughley Porcelain Factory, Caughley, ca. 1785-95
Physical Description
Toy teapot and cover of soft-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. Diaper borders.
Dimensions
  • Height: 7.6cm
  • Diameter: 9.8cm
Credit line
Given by Alfred Darby, Esq.
Object history
Part of a toy tea service C.197 to EE-1921.



Historical significance: Towards the end of the 18th Century, English porcelain factories began making affordable sets of blue and white tableware, pionerred at Worcester and soon taken up at Caughley and elsewhere. Only toy services now survive complete.
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Summary
In the late 18th-century there was a great demand for the proven blue-and-white porcelains of the Worcester and Caughley factories. Demand increased after the East India Company discontinued the import of Chinese porcelain tableware in 1791. Surviving miniature toy services give a good idea of their practical elegance.
Bibliographic References
  • Hildyard, Robin. European Ceramics. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 185177260X
  • For this pattern see The Caughley Society, Caughley Blue & White Patterns (2012), cat. E33, where dated 1778-92
  • For another toy service decorated with this pattern see Geoffrey A. Godden, Caughley and Worcester Porcelains ..., revised edition 1981, pl. 194, where decorated ca. 1785-95
Collection
Accession Number
C.197&A-1921

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record createdNovember 27, 2002
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