Sold & shipped to Netherland. Thanks.
This is a fine Chinese export graisaille teapot. Circa 1745-1760. Graisaille Porcelain ordered by the Dutch in 18th century is relatively rare in all Chinese Export Porcelain. The Chinese only produced this type of porcelain in small quantity for about 40 years. Graisille porcelain items from the 18th century was more expensive in Europe than other Chinese porcelains of blue and white as well as famille rose. This teapot is all hand painted in black ink and iron red with some gilt decoration. Consider the Chinese painter did not quite understand what the subject was, the result of the painting is still quite atractive today. The grisaille on this teapot is very strong.
It was novelty and rare to see semi naked lady in 18 century Chinese porcelain. It is more rare to see a man putting his hand on the breast of a semi naked lady on a Qianlong period teapot. It was strongly against the moral standard of China of that time. I have not researched the story of the subject in this decoration. They are most likely Greek Gods.
Size: 13.5 cm tall