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Object Name Teapot
Date 1720-1740
Description Chinese export porcelain teapot with "clobbering" (overpainting). Globular body with straight spout and ear-shaped handle; domed lid with finial. The blue underglaze Asian landscape design has been overpainted with enameled patterns including a flower basket painted in red, green, and gold; the overpainted design has no relation to the blue underglaze scene. The overpainting was done in Europe, probably the Netherlands (Holland). The spherical shape of the teapot suggests an early date. This is a nice example of clobbering, a somewhat derogatory term used by porcelain collectors.
(Keywords: Asian, European)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This teapot is a nice example of clobbering, a somewhat derogatory term used by porcelain collectors to describe the technique of adding decoration over Chinese export porcelain. The overpainting on this example may have been done by a Dutch artist.

The early history of its ownership is not known. The teapot was acquired from the estate of E. Blanche Brown (1878-ca. 1954) of Tottenville, Staten Island Miss Brown resided at 128 Johnson Avenue, in a house built in 1863 for her grandfather, William A. Brown. In the 1925 and 1930 census, her occupation was recorded as Stenographer. She was an active member of Tottenville's Bethel M.E. Church.
Earliest Date 1720
Latest Date 1740
Material Ceramic
Subjects Teapots
Tea
Food
Tableware
Lexicon Sub-category Food Service T&E
Associated People Brown, E. Blanche
Catalog Number F07.0833
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, November 2014.
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