Elers teapot
Lot 3
An important enamelled Elers teapot, circa 1695
Sold for £6,250 (US$ 10,498) inc. premium
Lot Details
An important enamelled Elers teapot, circa 1695
Slip-cast and of globular form, the exterior turned with fine bands around the circumference and neck, enamelled in white with highlights in green, blue, purple and yellow, with a bird on both sides flanked by plant motifs with feather-like leaves, a flowering prunus branch beneath the spout, (minor chips and short crack, spout restuck, cover lacking)

Footnotes

  • This previously unrecorded example belongs to a fascinating group of ceramics enamelled in England at the end of the 17th century. This is discussed by Errol Manners in his paper to the English Ceramics Circle, English Decoration of Oriental Porcelain: some overlooked groups, Vol. 19, Pt. 1 (2005). Manners lists a number of Elers pieces in European museums with related enamelling, and illustrates at fig. 5 a splendid teapot formerly in the L.M.Solon Collection painted with related scrollwork and including a comical bird. The enamelling on the present lot is closely related to a John Dwight, Fulham stoneware mug in the Chipstone Foundation, illustrated by Manners at fig. 2. In particular, the vignette of a leaping hare on the Chipstone mug features a sloping green mound similar to the present lot, suggesting this may be by the same hand, most likely an independent enameller based in London. Identical enamelled scrollwork and the same zigzag motifs on the spout can be seen on another Elers teapot in the Royal Collection in Dresden, erroneously illustrated as Böttger stoneware by Ernst Zimmermann, Die Erfindung und Frühzeit des Meissner Porzellans (1908), pl 140, fig 50 left. It is interesting that this piece probably entered the collection of Augustus the Strong at the time Böttger was experimenting with his red stoneware.
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