This hand-painted deep Cobalt blue and white pottery teapot is decorated with the symbol for "Double Happiness" on the front and back, and many other symbolic pictures all around. This is a hand-thrown pot, but the fact that it is unsigned makes it difficult to date. We thought that it may go as far back as the Kangzi period (1654 to 1722), but believe that more likely it was made in the late 18th or early 19th century. The measurements are 7 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide, and 5 1/4 inches high. The condition is very good for its age, with an early glaze flake on the edge of the lid, a short hairline at the spout, and a little roughness around the outer edge of the spout. There are no other chips, or cracks. There is some old crazing on the interior. There are signs of tea stains along the edges of the interior and the inside of the lid. There were undoubtedly two wire bails on the pot originally, but they have since been lost. The base bears a partial red wax seal, with Chinese characters and a Greek Key border. We could not decipher this seal.
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