The Duchess of Lauderdale inherited Ham House, where she had been born and brought up, enlarging it to include her private rooms.

The teapot will be displayed in the room known as 'her Grace's Private Closet'. Much of the furniture in the Duchess's closet was lacquered in the eastern style, the Orient being the source of the tea which was drunk in the room. The chamberpot will be displayed in the museum room described in 1679 as the 'Roome over ye Chappel'. This room was originally used as a bedroom and hung with tapestry. The Chinese Imari chamber pot has a compressed globular body and everted lip, the body painted in red, blue and gold with pagoda buildings in a river landscape. The interior of the lip'/ has a blue trellis ground, with the C-scroll handle repaired. Presented in memory of Betty Lee.


Ronald Lee.

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