An exceptional Yixing stoneware slip-painted and appliqué-decorated 'lotus' teapot and cover
Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Demonstrating masterful skills and encapsulating the epitome of fine craftsmanship, carefully potted in two tiers with the domed cover and flattened knop forming the third and fourth, separated by two bands of incised key-fret scrolls meeting at the mouthrim, each layer bordered by a band of appled auspicious ruyi heads, the lowermost frieze beautifully embellished with a continuous aquatic scene featuring lush growths of lotus blossoms, buds, pods and leaves all superbly applied to the plain surface, flanked on each side with an upward curled spout and a 'C'-shaped handle with a ruyi-head thumb rest, the recessed circular base with an Imperial six-character zhuanshu seal mark, the stoneware of an evenly rich cocoa brown colour, fitted box.
14.6cm wide. (3).