William Simms (or Sims) was born in Derby and at some point before 1792 established himself at Five Fields Row, Pimlico Street, in London as a “china enameller.” This important decorating studio was a family business and operated until 1824, adding decoration to white porcelain that it purchased from various porcelain manufacturers. One of his preeminent artist workmen was Zachariah Boreman, who was born in 1738, baptized at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and died in 1810 at Westminster. After his apprenticeship, he decorated porcelain at London’s Chelsea porcelain manufactory for a while, and then was induced by William Duesbury to move to Derby and work for him, painting porcelain at the factory in that city. He left Derby in 1794 and probably started working for Simms, a native of Derby, soon afterward. He was at the Simms studio until 1810. John Turner, Benjamin Plant and Richard Wright were other artists employed by Simms, and it seems that it was a firmly established practice in this workshop to decorate both English and French porcelain blanks. This teapot is French, five and three-quarters inches tall, and has been superbly painted in Boreman’s typical style with London landscape scenes titled on the bottom in his tiny script: “Near Hammersmith” and “Port of Battersea.” A Boreman cup and saucer, very likely from the same tea service, was sold at Bonham’s in London some time back and described as "very rare." This teapot is in excellent condition, with no damage and no restorations. There is very slight wear to the gilding on the handle. It is an utter gem.
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