A Famille Rose Teapot and Pattipan
Both the teapot and pattipan are painted in a combination of Famille Verte, Rose and Noire enamels, a combination that is rarely seen. Each has two cartouches with landscape scenes and a pagoda in the background. The lid of the teapot is decorated with a large moulded chrysanthemum in Famille Rose enamels.
The fashion among nobility to drink the highly expensive oriental tea from Chinese tea services became wide spread throughout the northern part of Europe during the first half of the eighteenth century. The use of a dish known as a pattipan under a teapot and milk jug, came in use after the 1710’s and was to prevent drops spilling on to the table and perhaps even staining valuable table linen .