This style of lacquer decoration with delicate mother-of-pearl inlays seems to have come to prominence in the latter part of the Kangxi reign. Many examples depict figures in landscape or garden scenes, and some are taken from woodblock prints, as in the case of a square dish exhibited in Hong Kong (illustrated in 2000 Years of Chinese Lacquer, Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and Art Gallery, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1993, pp. 184-5, no. 96), the scene on which is taken from the Yuzhi Gengzhi tu (Imperial Edition of Pictures of Tilling and Weaving), which was printed in 1712. However, the shape of the present teapot and stand would indicate that they were probably made in the first half of the 18th century. Comapre a teabowl and saucer illustrated in Oceano, no. 14, June 1993, p. 38, which is dated to the Qianlong period. Compare also a vase in this style, sold in these Rooms, 17 June 2003, lot 66.