Rechaud in the shape of an »oriental woman«

Rechaud, Europe, around 1860. porcelain.
Courtesy of Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

This porcelain teapot consists of three elements: the base for the candle (teapot warmer), the actual pot and the lid. Put together, this results in a female figure who clasps her hands in front of her chest and, like a Madonna, blissfully raises her gaze. While the posture is borrowed from Western iconography, the colorful patterned clothing was meant to connote “Orient”.