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A Chinese Vintage Unglazed Pottery Tea Pot of a Mythical Chen Chu 陈珠 or Three Legged Frog
Chinese Vintage Unglazed Pottery Tea Pot of a Mythical Chen Chu 陈珠, a popular symbol of prosperity in China. This is a wonderfully artistic depiction of the Chan Chu in the form of a green- tea teapot and which was actually one of my Japan dealer group purchases. Great form, shape and detail including that in relief are hand formed in the natural colored and beautiful reddish brown clay. The frog's mouth is open as if in a whistling form for the pouring spout. His third leg is the handle. Coins are lined up on either side representing money in prosperity. A tadpole is the finial. It is signed on the bottom by the dealer in Chinese, we do not know what it says. It is not old or new, probably about 20-30 years old. It is in very good condition,no cracks or chips. I know next to nothing about Chinese ware, but every once in awhile there is a piece of great character that I just have to bring to our other friends and faces in the store. No cracks, chips or restoration. It is fully functional for making tea. He has some age wear, crazing, and discoloration in some cracks looks like dirt or the clay changing colors.
SIZE: Length 5.5" or 13.97 cms, Width 3.3" or 8.38 cms, Height 3.5" or 8.89 cms. Weight 250 grams or 0.55 lbs unpacked
Chan Chu or 陈珠 Chén zhū
The three legged frog called Chan Chu in Chinese is a popular symbol of prosperity in China. This frog is said to appear every full moon near homes that will receive good news of increased wealth or monetary gain. It is believed that this mythical creature, also known as Money Frog has fierce appearance with its imposing eyes and flared nostrils will drive away evil spirits and protect your wealth. The Money frog is often portrayed sitting on a bed of treasure made up of coins, jewels and gold ingots and bearing a coin in its mouth. The coin in Chan Chu’s mouth is said to call other coins to join them. Money frog can also often be found biting on two strings of lucky coins and with 7 dots on its back as it depicts the Ursa Major or the Great North Pole's 7 Stars. The three legged frog can often be seen near a cash register, manager’s desk, reception areas and other office areas in Oriental countries. According to feng shui, the proper place to display the three legged frog is in the South East of your living room or office which is the wealth sector.
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