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Chinese Export Porcelain Teapot, Imari, Kangxi Period.
Teapot. Provenance: China. Dating: Late Kangxi period (1662-1722) early Yongzheng period (1723-1735), c.1720-1730. Teapot of globular shape on a footring with a glazed base. Straight spout with a curved C-shaped handle. The inlaying flat cover with round knob. Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. On the body two panels filled with flowering plants growing from pierced rockwork. On each side of the panels a single flowering plant. On the spout and handle stylised clouds. Near the attachment of the handle and spout to the body of the teapot a decoration of Artemisia leaves. On the cover two sprays of flowering branches. A. du Boulay states in his “Christie's pictorial History of Chinese ceramics” that Chinese Imari usually confined itself to iron-red, underglaze blue, and gold, but occasionally it was enriched with famille verte panels. It was based on the Japanese wares of a similar type made in the Arita kilns and exported to Europe in enormous quantities from the port of Imari in the Southern Island. C.J.A. Jörg in collaboration with J. van Campen states in his "Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The Ming and Qing Dynasties" that the production of Chinese Imari starting in the early years of the 18th century, reached its peak in the 1720s and 1730s, but became formalised and repetitive in the next decades. Although Chinese Imari was primarily produced for export, it may be noted that there are some pieces in this style in the Palace Museum, Beijing. If these really were part of the imperial collection and not later additions, they are an indication that Chinese Imari was also appreciated by the Chinese an probably served as some kind of "Western" exotic ware. Dimensions: Height: 109 mm (4.29 inch), Diameter handle to spout: 184 mm (7.24 inch), Diameter of mouthrim: 57 mm (2.24 inch), Diameter of footring: 62 mm (2.44 inch). Condition: A firing flaw with a missing piece of glaze from which an "U"-shaped hairline originates to the handle. Four firing flaws to the inner mouthrim and a frit to rim of the cover. Two frits to the tip of the spout. References: C.J.A. Jörg in collaboration with J. van Campen, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The Ming and Qing Dynasties, London 1997, pp. 199-200.

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