Teapot in the Queen's Style (théière à la Reine)


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Teapot in the Queen's Style (théière à la Reine)


LCSH: Porcelain, French—18th century—Pictorial works | Porcelain, French—Private collections | Porcelain, French—Vincennes—18th century—Slide collections | Vincennes porcelain—18th century—Pictorial works | Slides (Photography)—Private collections | Fritzsche, Ulrich—Art collections—Pictorial works | Ceramic tableware—France—18th century | Ceramic teapots—France—18th century | Gilding—France—18th century | Landscapes on porcelain—France—18th century | Decoration and ornament—Plant forms—France—18th century | Flowers in art | Plants in art | Birds in art | Thévenet, Louis-Jean—Pictorial works

Getty AAT keywords: porcelain (material) | porcelain (visual works) | dinnerware | teapots | gilding-technique | porcelain painting (image-making) | landscapes (representations) | floral patterns | flower (motif) | plant-derived motifs | Aves (class)


35mm color slide of a teapot in the Queen's style (Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory). On both the body and lid are white, shaped reserves set against a dark blue ground color (bleu lapis), framed by gilded trellises and garlands of foliage and flowers. Roth and Le Corbeiller suggest that such trellis patterns “recall rococo wood or painted molding on architectural panels” (2000, 294). The white panels are decorated with colorful paintings of birds and flowering plants; a particularly exotic and striking bird with long pink tail-feathers dominates the central reserve. This kind of conical teapot is termed a théière à la Reine (teapot in the Queen’s style); Eriksen and De Bellaigue note the existence of early drawings, inscribed by Duplessis, for this style dating to 1753 (1987, 269). The teapot has a painter’s mark for Louis-Jean Thévenet, also known as Thévenet père (b. 1707–d. after 1778; active 1741 or 1745–1777), who was one of the “most skilled flower-painters” of his era (Eriksen and De Bellaigue 1987, 96; dates from Savill 1988, 3:1071). Find more details on Thévenet and painters’ marks in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit. The number 13 is handwritten on the slide.

Find more details on Thévenet, painters’ marks, and bleu lapis in the Fritzsche Porcelain Exhibit.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object)


Seattle Art Museum Libraries


ca. 1753 (date of object)
May 1990 (date of slide)


Painter, Kirsten Blythe


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English | French


still image

Spatial Coverage


Temporal Coverage

eighteenth century (dates CE)

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Original Format

slide, scanned using an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner at 3200 dpi.


Fritzsche, Ulrich (creator of slide); D’Arms, Ted (photographer); Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory (creator of object), “Teapot in the Queen's Style (théière à la Reine),” Seattle Art Museum Libraries: Digital Collections, accessed July 16, 2024, https://samlibraries.omeka.net/items/show/2916.