An aubergine-ground teapot and cover Kangxi [CHECK]
Lot 236
A very rare famille verte aubergine-ground teapot and cover Kangxi
Sold for £34,850 (US$ 56,947) inc. premium

Lot Details
An aubergine-ground teapot and cover
A very rare famille verte aubergine-ground teapot and cover
Kangxi
The straight sides moulded to form bamboo stalks covered with pale aubergine enamel and decorated with further naturalistic bamboo details and floral sprays in bright green, pale green and yellow, the spout, handle and cover all similarly decorated.
13.5cm (5 3/5in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 清康熙 五彩花卉紋竹節茶壺

    Provenance: H.M. Knight, Amsterdam, acquired before 1971

    Exhibited: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1954, no.33

    It is exceptionally rare to find a bamboo-moulded teapot of this type with a translucent aubergine glaze forming the ground colour. No other example seems to have been published and it may well be that this is the only surviving example of a very rare type created during the period of intense ceramic innovation in the middle of the Kangxi Period, when new translucent enamels and new ground colours were being tried out on biscuit bodies potted in novel forms.

    Compare a teapot with a related bamboo design and dated to 1680-1720 in the Victoria and Albert Museum, no.C.1096-1910. Another related example of an early Kangxi bamboo-inspired teapot, but glazed plain green, is illustrated in Seventeenth Century Jingdezhen Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collections, Shanghai, 2005, no.94. See also David S.Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, p.146 col.pl.155 for one of the more standard versions of these teapots based on a bamboo-moulded form.
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