These four colossal Chinese towers, festooned with golden bells, fish and kylin dogs and topped with snake-entwined arrow-heads piercing winged dragons, might be said to represent the apogee or high point of the taste for chinoiserie in England. Their already exceptional size was further increased by the addition in England of their finials and bases, designed to fit them to the proportions of the Music Room at Brighton Pavilion, where the ceiling rose to a height of 41 feet [12.5 m]. They stood with two others of the same size against the window piers, while a slightly smaller pair was placed on either side of the chimneypiece on similar bases. In the Music Room, which was decorated under George IV’s direct supervision by Frederick Crace, pagodas could also be seen in the picturesque wall panels painted by Lambelet, and in the red-japanned decoration of the door panels.
Punch Pot in the Famille Rose Style, Bow Porcelain Factory, circa 1757
A large tea-pot, or perhaps a punch pot, of globular form with loop handle. Painted in a vibrant wet palette after the Chinese. A most attractive example, of unusual size. The pot has close links to (i) the ‘Frederick the Great’ example, circa 1756-1758 in the V&A, of similar size, body and glaze (albeit of different shape), and with a similar rose and leaf finial.