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Kangxi

Soft Paste Blue and White Miniature Teapot

W354 Soft paste blue and white miniature teapot
W354 Soft paste blue and white miniature teapot
W354 Soft paste blue and white miniature teapot
W354 Soft paste blue and white miniature teapot
W354 Soft paste blue and white miniature teapot
W354 Soft paste blue and white miniature teapot
W354 Soft paste blue and white miniature teapot
W354 Soft paste blue and white miniature teapot
Ref: W354

Chinese soft paste blue and white miniature teapot, Kangxi (1662-1722), of squat globular form with stylised pattern of radiating lappets containing lotus heads above bands of tight scrolls, interlocking loops and a band of stiff lotus petals, the rim with band of geometric pattern; wisps of cloud to the handle and spout; the lid decorated with raised bands of scrolls and square hook design; the base with ‘yu’ mark meaning jade or precious stone,


Dimensions:

Length: 8.5cm. (3 3/8in.), height 6cm. (2 3/8in.)


Condition:

Two small chips to end of spout and slight glaze crazing to lid.


Notes:

A teapot of similar design can be found in the collection of the Rijksmuseum (AK-NM-6833-A). The lotus, Buddhist emblem of truth, purity and enlightenment, was a popular design motif in Chinese ceramics from the arrival of Buddhism in the Southern Song Dynasty (420-589). A fully opened flower, as seen on this teapot, refers to full awakening, and could be a humorous reference to the stimulating properties of tea.