A Tibeto copper alloy and silver ritual teapot
Lot 154
A Tibeto copper alloy and silver ritual teapot Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century
Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
A Tibeto copper alloy and silver ritual teapot
Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century
The ovoid body rising on a pierced foliate dome foot, applied with silver dragon cartouches set on vertical straps, the handle fashioned in a dragon with silver wings over a scaled body and a lower section worked in thick scrolling tendrils, the silver faceted spout issued from a compact head of a makara, below a pierced silver foliate collar and short neck with dragons writing through stylized cloud forms below a gilded lid with embossed eight auspicious symbols beneath thick lotus leaved and a foliate bud finial.
11 in. (28 cm) wide and 8 in. (20 cm) high

Footnotes

  • Teapots of this type were used on special ceremonies and occasions such as weddings. The handles in the form of dragons and spouts issuing from the jaws of makara are known throughout the Tibetan region area in slightly differing styles. The present example is especially refined and compares favorably with another in the Victoria and Albert Museum (IM.154-1921).

    Provenance:
    Private Northern Californian Collection
    Acquired in the 1960
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