National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Anonymous Bequest, 1980
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18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
Handle/spout moulded scrolling forms, decorated gold, body chinoiserie figures/floral design.
This delightful porcelain teapot is decorated with sophisticated tooled-gilt decorations on a mazarine blue ground. The teapot’s form shows the influence of the Rococo style, with the handle, the finial on the lid and the spout all featuring scrolling rocaille embellishments. The gilt decorations include European swag, foliage and trellis motifs, all of curvaceous Rococo forms, while images of music-playing figures in pseudo-Chinese costume fill the reserves. The association between Chinoiserie and the Rococo was a common one, both styles expressing rejection of Western Classical conventions.