The tapering cylindrical body relief-decorated on two sides with the same scene of two figures crossing a bridge above a sampan, with a walled pavilion to one side and a flowering tree growing in a walled garden beside pavilions above, with florets on the handle and foliate scroll on the spout, with a three-character seal mark, Yunshiju, stamped in relief on the base, the domed cover with a pierced flower-bud finial surrounded by 'antiques' and flowering branches above a diaper band and four pointed projections at the rim
5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high
Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, 2000.

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The seal mark on the base, Yunshiju, may be a hall mark, possibly associated with Cao Yi, the younger brother of Cao Ying (1659-1712), a white bannerman and high-ranking official during the Kangxi period. A similar teapot is illustrated in The Art of the Yixing Potter, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Wares, Hong Kong, 1990, p. 216, pl. 103, and another of this type, dated 17th/18th century, is illustrated in Oriental Works of Art, Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, June 2003, no. 7.

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