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A German polished stoneware teapot and cover, perhaps Plaue, circa 1720. Estimate 2,0003,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s.

of rectangular form, with unpolished foliate branch handle and spout, the domed cover with a camel finial, traces of cold painting in green on the handle and spout. Quantity: 2 – 6.5cm, 6 1/2 in. high


Note: The stoneware rivals and successors to Böttger’s stoneware are rare and under-researched. Most, however, used a coarser, lighter material incapable of taking the polish of the lapidary’s wheel. At Plaue, however, a very hard body was developed, and some ambitious pieces produced.  Perhaps the best-known of these is a tea kettle in the Arnhold collection, exhibiting the same uneven modelling and striated clays as the present piece, together with the close-textured, unglazed spout; see M. Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, no.382, pp.720-722.

Sotheby’s. Of Royal and Noble Descent, London, 24 Feb 2015, 10:30 AM