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.

Ham House and Garden

Ham Street, Richmond, Greater London, TW10 7RS
0208 940 1950

Opening times

Garden, Orangery cafe and shop open 10am to 5pm, closes at 4pm in the winter and the house 12-4pm.

House may be open by guided tour on selected days during the winter.

Please visit the Ham House and Garden website for full seasonal opening times

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