This is a Japanese Kutani teapot with three dragons. The literature says this teapot was made around 1920.
The pot is 7 ¾” high to the top of the dragon head finial and 9 ¼” from spout-to-handle.
The lid and finial is a dragon, with the snake torso and rear legs trailing down the front of the pot. The head is gold and red. The spine is gold. The body and legs are embellished with dots and lines of white moriage. The claws are raised green enamel.
The second dragon is the spout and handle. The head is red and gold. The neck is red in front and more brown, or russet, in the back with lines of yellow enamel in front and dots of white moriage on the sides. The tail is brown with white moriage, red on the inside, gold along the top curve, lines of yellow enamel at the bottom and dots of white moriage.
The third dragon is on the front of the pot, red tongue extended, in red brown, white and yellow, a wing unfurled in green, red and yellow, and the tail extends onto the back of the pot.
There is a filter built into the pot in the interior at the spout, to catch the tea leaves.
The glaze is off-white or pale gray. The pot is porcelain.
There is wear to the gold on the heads. The handle shows wear at the top edge, to the gold, and there are some missing white moriage dots. The interior has some glaze bumps. There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The pot is not signed. If you are in doubt that the pot is Kutani and circa 1920, I will send you the book citation that shows this pot and identifies it and the date.
Japanese Kutani Three Dragon Teapot c 1920
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