A mid-18th century Staffordshire salt-glazed teapot of Jacobite and historic interest. This is an excellent example of Staffordshire pottery teapots.
Beautifully painted with symbolic oak leaves and colorful polychrome enamels, this rare tea pot shows a kneeling figure offering a toast “over the water” to Bonnie Prince Charlie in France. Use in the home of objects with Scottish and Catholic symbolism such as this tea pot was a private way for a well-to-do family to assert national and religious identity. The mid-18th century pectin (scalloped shell) shape of this tea pot is an excellent example of the work of the Staffordshire potters who embraced Rococo forms inspired by nature after a period in which they used already existing Chinese forms.
The oak leaves symbolize the English oak tree within which King Charles II of England hid to escape the Parliamentarians following the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
Excellent. Invisible restoration to tiny chips at the top edge where the cover sits.
An example of a similar tea pot can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See 34.165.95 a,b.
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