Here is an early 19th-century teapot with Chinoiseries decoration. This style developed in England in the 18th century and reflected an interest in the exotic East. Based on the sketches of artists and the memories of tourists who visited the Orient, Chinoiseries was a raging fad for a time, and still is popular, but the designs today are more authentic. This is a standard Machin teapot shape of the period, but is not marked except for the pattern number, which is typical. It was first fired with the printed design and then the colors were filled in by hand in later firings. Machin & Company were in business at Burslem from about 1812 to 1822. The teapot is eleven inches long and has no damage, but some areas have faint black specks where the glaze was a little thicker. That, plus the low pattern number, suggests that this was one of the earlier products of this factory, closer to 1812 than the 1820s.
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