Keeling (Factory X) spiral fluted teabowl, uncertain pattern (similar X135), c.1790
Interesting Keeling spiral fluted teabowl, painted in the French taste with small flower head sprigs.
8cm wide, 4.5cm high
small chip & hairline
See Barratt ‘Keeling’, p112 for a variation on this pattern, no. X135. It would appear this teabowl is another as-yet unrecorded pattern.
Keeling is a fascinating small factory that was only positively identified in the late 1990’s. The wares are often in the Chinese Export style, of which the best known manufacturer is Newhall.
In the 1970’s was given the placeholder ‘Factory X’ name until it could be attributed to a known manufacturer. Alongside it were two other Newhall-type manufacturers, Factory ‘Y’ and ‘Z’.
Current research has revealed ‘X’ is in fact A & E Keeling, ‘Y’ is still an unknown smaller maker from circa 1790-1800, and ‘Z’ is Thomas Wolf & Co.
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