Chinese reticulated teapot, Chongzhen (1627-1644), with four honeycomb panels between sprays of peony to the body, a continuous band containing scrolling lotus to the top and pattern of babao including a mirror and pearl to the lower section, the lid with pierced design and petal band, further piercing to the base.
Height: 12cm. (4 3/4in.), width (handle to end of spout): 17.5cm. (6 7/8in.)
lid with frits and chips to rim including painted shallow chip, firing crack to handle and small firing crack on body of the teapot and base of teapot.
This pierced decoration was referred to as linglong or ‘devil’s work’ and is thought to have originated in Turkey before being transmitted to China in the 14th century.