Of unusual interest and rarity, this Hochst set bears the initials IN on the underside, which is a genuine Hochst mark, but clearly the decoration was added outside the factory. It is related to another quite similar teapot (shown here in a black and white photo) sold by Christie’s in London in December, 1986. Christie’s experts describe this teapot (“with a later cover”) as “probably decorated in Holland with a seated man and woman playing a lute and a flute within an iron-red shaped panel, impressed IN mark.” The decoration of a couple playing musical instruments appears to be by the same hand as the scene on this teapot and hot water jug. This is a very interesting twist on the famed line of Hochst porcelains that gives us an insight into the porcelain production habits of the 18th century. Some Hochst collectors might be surprised that Hochst sold white wares to outside decorators. However, as noted by Charlotte Jacob-Hanson (American Ceramic Circle Journal, Vol. XIV) the decorator Gerverot “mentioned in a letter to the Furstenberg directors that he had purchased blank porcelain from both the Höchst and the Ansbach-Bruckberg manufactories during his time in Schrezheim.”
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