Large boldly painted teapot with peonies, pines, and cranes on the front and back. The paintings are expertly done; It’s a work of art that also serves a purpose.
A large white porcelain teapot with over glaze enamel paintings of cranes, peonies and pine trees that have been expertly executed. The clay has a nice whiteness to it. The glazes feel smooth, slick and look shiny. The designs have been painted in rich red, rose, green, brown, and light green enamels. Black has been used to outline and accent. The red glaze is not dry but has a nice smooth feel, unlike later wears. There are two protuberances that have dual holes to fit the twisted metal handle, which is original. The lid is circular and has a flange that fits over the pot’s mouth. There is a hole in the center of the lid to let steam escape. The lid is decorated with pine boughs.
The mouth rim is unglazed as is the lid under edge and the foot ring. The foot ring is very soft feeling from wear; the teapot has been moved on a surface for a long time. The base itself is glazed. here is a red stamped Tongzhi reign mark and a Chinese wax export stamp.
7” (17.8 cm) long x 5 ½” (14.0 cm) diameter x 4 ¾” (12.1 cm) tall x Weighs 1 lb 10.8 oz (760 g)
There are small wear chips to the lid edge and underside. The teapot has no cracks, chips, or breaks. There are glaze flaws such as black spots, pimples, and dimples. These are few and far between. They are also miniscule. The glazes are fresh and bright.
A large antique teapot with a great look and feel. The handle even stands up. How great is that?