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Chinese Sancai Glazed Biscuit Porcelain Teapot

Kangxi period, ca: late 17th century


Of fine hexagonal form with bale handle imitating rattan.  Decorated with reserves of flowers and rockery finely painted in sancai enamels. 
The shoulder with an unusual prunus flower and green cracked-ice pattern (symbolic of the coming of Spring).

Height: 6 inches (15 cm.)

Related examples may be found in the major collections of the late 19th century in Europe and the United States.  Interestingly, the reserve decoration is very reminiscent in style and colors of a sort found on Imperial plates and bowls of this period.

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