Teapot illustrated with a ballooning scene, late 18th century.

Teapot illustrated with a ballooning scene, late 18th century.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Description

A white and gold porcelain teapot from the Penn-Gaskell collection of 'ballooniana'. Public balloon ascents began to be held in pleasure gardens after the first succesful balloon trips in Paris in 1783. These events attracted huge crowds and led to an explosion of 'ballooniana', or balloon art, expresed in paintings, prints and decorated ceramics as well as many other forms.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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