A hand potted and decorated Chinese Canton teapot with a finely painted Chinese landscape.
The heavily-potted porcelain teapot has a round shape similar to a ginger jar, but with lion head loops and a spout. The glaze is very thick and unctuous with such a soft feeling and a shiny look. The cobalt underglaze is a nice dark blue. The neck is decorated with a ring of swastikas framed by a crosshatch ring and solid line. The loops have funny lion faces. The scene on the body is very fine with mountains, buildings, water, boats, and trees. The shallow unglazed foot is rounded. The base is glazed.
7 ½” (19.0 cm) long x 6 ¾” (17.1 cm) diameter x 7 7/8” (20.0 cm) tall. Weighs 3 lb 6.9 oz (1555 g)
The tip of the spout has been repaired but looks very good. The lower edges of each of the lion’s heads are rough, either from the glaze never covering them completely, or from wear. There are no other cracks, breaks, or chips. There are kiln flaws such as black spots, reserves spots, pimples, and bumps. The body glaze shows wear but it is small and doesn’t detract. The lid has been replaced with a wooden lid.
A very well painted blue and white teapot to add to a collection. It looks good with so many décors. The glaze feels as soft as butter.