Teapot

ARTIST / MAKER: Johann Ehrenfried Stadler (painter) probably
Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)
DATE: ca. 1735 (made)
PLACE: Germany (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilt. Metal mounts
COLLECTION NUMBER: 187

The painting on this teapot can be attributed to Johann Ehrenfried Stadler (1701-1741), who was employed at the Meissen porcelain factory from ca.1723. Stadler excelled in painting chinoiserie scenes and figures, such as those on this teapot. He created a new type of decoration known as “Facherchinesen”, scenes of Japanese or chinoiserie figures holding fans, kites or parasols. On this teapot, a seated figure is holding a parasol while being fanned by an attendant. Stadler’s painting technique was inspired by Japanese Kakiemon decoration. The style of the painted flowers on this teapot are known as ‘Indianische Blumen’ or Indian flowers, but despite their name were also inspired by Japanese floral decoration and were used extensively by Stadler. Along with Johann Gregorius Höroldt, he was one of the best painters at the manufactory at this time. Stadler had first worked at the Dresden faience manufactory of his brother-in-law Peter Eggebrecht, from where he was recruited by Höroldt himself in 1724. The shape of this teapot is inspired by Chinese export examples.