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Chinese Persian Six Sided Teapot Blue White Flying Birds Bronze Metal Handle c 1900
This is either a Chinese teapot, or perhaps a Persian teapot in the Chinese style as the Persians decorated with the blue and white also, emulating the Chinese. I’ve seen this shape of pot in blue and white identified as being Chinese, Persian or Japanese; it is not Japanese. One possibility is that it is a Persian decoration on a Chinese blank. The date is towards the end of the 19th century, circa 1900.
The teapot has six sides, a flat black, and a bronze metal handle. The bronze handle helps to date the teapot because the Chinese exported teapots with bamboo handles in the 20th century. The teapot is 7” high to the top of the finial, 8 1/8” to the top of the handle, and 7 ¼” from the spout to the back end. This shape will appear in the antique market from time-to-time, and decorated differently on each pot.
On the sides there are flying marsh birds, perhaps cranes, along with long grassy leaves, indicating a marsh. The panels have blue borders. The top and lid are decorated in blue and white small floral patterns. The finial is enameled in brown, along with the edge of the lid and the edge around the top of the pot.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. However there are small brown spots in or over the glaze, inside and outside, perhaps due to the brown enamel paint, or perhaps it is part of the firing process, or maybe it is weird estate accumulation. I lean towards it being part of the firing process with the glaze. There is a fold in the porcelain inside the mouth that has been glazed over. There are a few bumps and irregularities in the glaze due to the firing process.
The lid has a hole drilled into it for the release of steam. Inside the pot, there is a porcelain filter over the hole for the spout so that tea leaves don’t wash out into the cup.
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