A CHINESE EXPORT SPHERICAL TEAPOT AND COVER

Reference #: CEPES18

circa1735

Lengths: 4 13/16 inches (12.3 cm.)

PROVENANCE: Philip Suval, Inc., New York

EXHIBITED: San Francisco, Fall Antiques Show, 1995

painted on either side in pastel famille-rose enamels with courting couple seated on a settee, the gentleman with his left arm around his sweetheart’s shoulder while she teases a white dog with tasseled stick, to the left a parrot on a gilt perch, the cover with two flowering branches, and each piece with a gilt blossom and foliate border.

Rather than use a European printed design source, the Chinese painter of this teapot appears to have simply placed a European couple in a Chinese setting including a caned bed, a red lacquer kang and a Chinese-style bird perch.

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