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A FAMILLE ROSE MELON-FORM INSCRIBED TEAPOT AND COVER
A FAMILLE ROSE MELON-FORM INSCRIBED TEAPOT AND COVER

QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON-RED AND POSSIBLY OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A FAMILLE ROSE MELON-FORM INSCRIBED TEAPOT AND COVER
QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON-RED AND POSSIBLY OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The lobed body inscribed with a poem in kaishu script, ending with two seal marks, set between a ruyi border and a lappet band, the tall looped handle and the curved spout delicately enamelled with multi-coloured lotus sprays set against a turquoise ground, the top of the cover similarly enamelled with a band of flower heads, the finial formed by a moulded leafy branch.
4¼ in. (11 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

The poem may be translated as:
'Before the corn rain and after the spring thunder,
With their colours dyed yellow the new willow leaves appear.
Men and women weave through the mountains and valleys with baskets on their backs,
Competing to pick the best tea leaves with their skilful hands.
The sun bakes the mountains and warms the clouds,
Tea leaves bearing new shoots announce the arrival of spring.
Selling the tea to businessmen in exchange for clothing and food,
Its taste never reaches the workers' lips.
Our enjoyment of the tea is lessened,
As we consider the livelihood of the peasants.
After the new silk and the new crops have all been sold,
The time has come to sell the fresh leaves.'

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