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Chinese porcelain famille verte barrel-shaped teapot

Unusually fine Chinese porcelain famille verte barrel-shaped teapot moulded at top and bottom with a horizontal band of studs, painted in very fresh enamels and gilt on either side with a rectangular panel, one of a phoenix amongst peony and rocks and the other with a phoenix in flight above a duck amongst aquatic plants, the spout and handle with flowering sprays, the matching cover with flowering peony sprays and a lion knop
10.8cm high
Kangxi circa 1690
(perfect condition)
*Formerly in the collection of S de Larragoïti (label)
*The design on the cover is unexpectedly different from that of the pot. However the quality of the enamels and style of the painting match perfectly. Also there is a Chinese character on the unglazed rim of the cover that matches exactly the same character on the unglazed part of the pot rim. Furthermore there is a near-identical teapot and cover on show in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the only difference being that the Museum’s knop is plain.