A CHINESE YIXING 'RIVERSCAPE AND SCHOLAR'S OBJECTS' TEAPOT AND COVER QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, CIRCA 1700 | 清康熙 約1700年 宜興紫砂小橋流水圖壺
Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 USD
A CHINESE YIXING 'RIVERSCAPE AND SCHOLAR'S OBJECTS' TEAPOT AND COVER QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, CIRCA 1700
清康熙 約1700年 宜興紫砂小橋流水圖壺
of ovoid form, the body relief-decorated with various vignettes of two figures crossing a bridge, a pavilion and trees or rockwork in fenced gardens interspersed with books and precious objects, the long spout and loop handle decorated with floral motifs, the cover similarly decorated with a fenced garden and precious objects all within a floral scroll band border, surmounted by a spherical knop impressed with three ruyi-heads.
Height: 5⅛ in.
The cover with a small restored rim chip and a restored hairline extending from the knop to the rim, and possibly a restored nick to the lip. The teapot with some minor nicks and a short hairline at the mouth rim. Overall with some firing imperfections including firing tears to both the teapot and the cover, and a circular firing line at the bottom of the lower terminal of the handle. The surface with accretions, especially at the firing tears, and with minor wear to the surface.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
E. & H. Manners, London, February, 2001
Kopplin, 2003, cat. no. 71, p. 162
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 352, p. 681, illus.
A related example, with almost identical decoration, but with slight differences in the handle shape, was sold in our Amsterdam rooms, May 18, 1995, lot 192 (part lot). Another example previously in the collection of Robert H. Blumenfield, sold at Christie's New York, March 22, 2012, lot 1241, was impressed with a yunshiju mark. The form was imitated at Meissen and examples in Böttger black-glazed and gilt stoneware, and porcelain are illustrated in Monika Kopplin (ed.), Schwartz Porcelain: Die Leidenschaft für Lack und ihre Wirkung auf das europäische Porzellan, Munich, 2003, p. 162, cat. no. 70a and b.