This ‘Seated Pagod’ teapot is the latest addition to our Chitra Collection. In the style of a portly Chinese man grinning while holding a cup and saucer, this piece of Dutch delftware is thought to date from around 1765.

The rotund gentleman sports a black hat and yellow robe and, unusually for this (or indeed any other) period, blue hair. With his bare feet and his brown-edged cup and saucer at the ready, he has clearly settled down ready to enjoy some tea – which in this case would emanate from the spout which proudly protrudes from his stomach.

Recently acquired by the Chitra Collection at the TEFAF art fair in Maastricht, this humorous piece will sit alongside hundreds of other teapots from down the ages, and our new commissions too.

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