• European Noble and Private Col auction at Christies

    Sale 2835

    European Noble and Private Collections

    15 - 16 December 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 164

    A Chinese Yixing stoneware gold-mounted teapot and cover


    Price Realised  


    A Chinese Yixing stoneware gold-mounted teapot and cover
    Kangxi (1662-1722), the gold contemporary, incised six character mark
    Potted with pear-shaped body, C-scroll handle and serpentine spout, moulded to both sides with a flower spray, one side with bird flying above, the cover moulded with cloud-scrolls, the finial mounted with Amor standing on a filigree base, the spout with a cockerel, the handle mounted and attached to the finial with gold chains, minor damage
    11.5 cm. high

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    A similar teapot is illustrated on a still-life painted by Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten, Nature morte au service de thé, 17th Century, where Amor is missing. The figure of Amor on this teapot refers to the quality of tea as a love-potion. For similar examples of gold-mounted Yixing teapots, see Patrice Valfré, Yinqing Teapots for Europe, Poligny, 2000, where several examples are discussed. A Yixing teapot from the collection of August the Stong in Dresden mounted similarly with the figure of Amor is illustrated on p. 230, nr. 270. Another one is in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, see p. 213, nr. 189.
    The six character mark reads 'Jingxi zhi Li Tingsen', which translates as 'Li Tingsen in Yixing'.

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