Teapot. Provenance: Japan. Dating: Edo middle period (1704-1800) c.1700-1720. A globular teapot with and a glazed base on a footring. Curved handle and short, slightly bent spout with an unmarked silver mount. A domed cover with a round knob. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. Near the rim the belly has an original (glazed) pierced hole. Greyish paste and greenish glaze. Decorated on both sides and on the cover with flowering chrysanthemum and carnation branches, On the handle and spout a single flowering stem. The wide overlapping cover, breaking the line of the curving is unusual. Dimensions: Height: 75 mm (2.95 inch), Diameter ear to spout: 143 mm (5.63 inch), Diameter of footring: 45 mm (1.77 inch). Condition: Perfect, the silver mount was probably placed to lengthen the spout so the pouring of the tea was easier, the spout itself is undamaged.