An enamelled teapot and stand

18th century

The teapot is of pear shape and decorated in high relief around the exterior with applied grapevine and squirrels, enamelled in blue, green, red and gold. The handle and spout are decorated with a floral motif in iron-red. The rim is bordered by a cash motif in gilt, repeated on the cover and stand. The center of the eight-lobed stand is painted with a crane roundel encircled by further grapevine and squirrels. 

14.5 cm high



A British private collection


Teapots with this type of decoration are rare. An identical example is in the Museum of East Asian Art in Stockholm, accession number BS-2255. Another teapot of the same form and decoration, but with the leaves in iron-red, and less bright enamels from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection is in the Dallas Museum of Art, accession number 1985.R.931.A-C.

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