Teapot. Provenance: Japan. Dating: Edo early period (1615-1703), 4th quarter 17th century. A pomegranate shaped teapot on a flat unglazed base. Curved handle and a short straight spout. Decorated in iron-red and gold. The original cover is lacking and replaced with an exact, custom made Dutch silver, copy of the original cover. Decorated with branches of flowering chrysanthemum and two irregular shaped cartouches filled with coloured dots in relief. Decorated on both sides and on the cover with flowering peony branches, On the handle and spout florets between scrolls. According to Jörg in his book, Oosterse keramiek uit Groninger kollekties, (C.J.A. Jörg, Martinipers Wolters-Noordhoff, 1982), this teapot has an unusual form for Japanese porcelain. The Dutch silver cover has the 925 (purity) mark as the standard mark on articles too small for the full hallmarking. For a similar teapot see: Oosterse keramiek uit Groninger kollekties, (C.J.A. Jörg, Martinipers Wolters-Noordhoff, 1982) Page 81, object 122. The last picture (courtesy of photo studio John Stoel) is of a similar teapot with an original cover, this teapot is not included in this offer/sale. Dimensions: Height: 65 mm (2.56 inch), Diameter ear to spout: 95 mm (3.74 inch), Diameter of mouthrim: 16 mm (0.63 inch), Diameter of foot: 35 mm (1.38 inch). Condition: A very tiny fleabite to the tip of the spout and a firing flaw hairline to the underside of the handle.