Paris Porcelain Veilleuse Théière Teapot on Stand Night Light c 1860 Antique
A highly collectable and interesting antique teapot on a stand or a veilleuse. This item was normally used on a beside table as a night light. A small candle or oil is lit in the holder to keep the teapot warm and also acts as a night light or bedside lamp as the candle inside burned down.
The tall turret shaped chimney and teapot holder is decorated with a hand painted design, primarily in muted browns and greens, featuring southern French rural landscapes with houses Cypress trees and a bridge, In the distance the silhouette of more trees can be seen below the mountains. There are a number of figures painted around the scene, one of them is a fisherman with a rod by the river.
The teapot has a similar rural French scene painted around it but without the bridge and river. The base for the veilleuse has been painted in earthy tones to resemble the ground.
The white porcelain body is unmarked, but is most probably Paris porcelain of the mid 19th Century circa 1860.
This veilleuse stands approximately 8 3/4 inches high and is approx 4 1/2 inches diameter and the teapot is 5 1/2 inches from spout to handle.
It weighs 800g unpacked.
Item condition: Very good antique condition. Some wear to the gilding - No restoration. There is a tiny chip on the inside of the teapot rim to the right side of the locking point for the teapot lid. The teapot lid has a hairline on the inner rim. The internal candle or oil holder is missing. Please see the photographs.
This is a great item to add to any collection of small teapots or veilleuse.
The French often refer to these night lights as veilleuse, but also as Tisanière or Théière.