Chinese porcelain teapot with braided handle, berry finial, and precise, colorful gilding.
An oval shaped porcelain pot with a matching round lid that has an upright tubular spout. The handle is a tour de force with a lined braid and floral applied attachments. The porcelain glaze is off white with a bluish tint. The cobalt used is a nice deep blue. It has been applied in a Nanking pattern with borders that have a dot and cross pattern. Gilding has been used to accent the piece. The berry finial is prominent with the gilding. Gold accents have been used on the armorial shield and on the borders. There is a shallow foot that is unglazed. The lid and mouth have matched fitted areas that are unglazed.
There is the armorial shield. There are no other marks or labels.
*We have four Chinese export Nanking teacups that were used with this teapot for many generations listed separately in our shop.*
Provenance: This teapot belongs to the estate from an old East Coast family that traces its roots to colonial times. We believe the shield that of the family.
10” (25.4 cm) long x 5” (12.7 cm) wide x 5” (12.7 cm) tall. Weighs 1 lb 12.2 oz (795 g)
There are no cracks, chips, or breaks. There is wear to the gilding on the spout, the armorial, the floral attachments for the handle, and the finial. There are also a few tiny losses to the blue glaze at the mouth and lid. The colors are still bright and entire looking.
A great early teapot to add to a collection or to add richness to a dining décor.