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The Meissen manufactory excelled at Chinoiserie scenes, pioneered by the porcelain painter Johann Gregorius Höroldt. Chinoiserie ornament typically showcased exotic East Asian life, romanticised by a Western audience and thought to be typical of China, great examples of which can be seen on this week’s #objectinfocus.
 
This is a coffee pot, but fear not! It forms part of a wider travelling service and is decorated with tea scenes painted in Höroldt’s own hand. In the first, two figures are seated round a low tea table with tea bowls and tea pot, while a third figure stands over them with a fan next to a boiling kettle. The other side depicts a seated figure reaching towards a laid tea table. Even the lid follows this decorative theme, as a cross legged figure sits watching a kettle boiling on hot coals.

The Meissen manufactory excelled at Chinoiserie scenes, pioneered by the porcelain painter Johann Gregorius Höroldt. Chinoiserie ornament typically showcased exotic East Asian life, romanticised by a Western audience and thought to be typical of China, great examples of which can be seen on this week’s #objectinfocus.

This is a coffee pot, but fear not! It forms part of a wider travelling service and is decorated with tea scenes painted in Höroldt’s own hand. In the first, two figures are seated round a low tea table with tea bowls and tea pot, while a third figure stands over them with a fan next to a boiling kettle. The other side depicts a seated figure reaching towards a laid tea table. Even the lid follows this decorative theme, as a cross legged figure sits watching a kettle boiling on hot coals.
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