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Chinese early 18th century blue and white porcelain tea pot

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Category
Period
Reference
5698
Framed Height
7 cm (2 3/4")
Kangxi small blue and white porcelain export ware tea pot made at the kilns of Jingdezhen at the very start of the 18th century.

like many of the early export ware tea pots it is a small size reflecting the fact that tea was a very expensive commodity and drank from small bowls.

Excellent colour and painting of auspicious items including scrolls for the scholar, a ding - the incense burner - and lozenge.

the rounded squat shape of the tea pot would indicate the item although made for export was made between 1690 -1710

The base of the tea pot has the jade mark showing status.

The silver mounts to the handle are incised and shaped to represent leaves. These were probably added to give more strength to the handle or repair weaknesses.

Correct lid
Framed Height
7 cm (2 3/4")
Year
1662 - 1722
Medium
Porcelain and silver
Country
China
Condition
Overall very good. Firing flaw to the spout showing as smoke smotts in the glaze and possibly cracks to the handle under the silver