An imperially inscribed blue and white 'Mount Hui Temple' teapot and cover, Seal mark and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 青花御題詩烹茶圖闊底壺 《大清乾隆年製》款
Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton
An imperially inscribed blue and white 'Mount Hui Temple' teapot and cover
Seal mark and period of Qianlong
清乾隆 青花御題詩烹茶圖闊底壺 《大清乾隆年製》款
the domed body rising to an elongated waisted neck and flared rim, set with an upright curved spout opposite an elegant loop handle, each side with a rectangular panel enclosed within scroll borders, one panel finely painted with a scene of two gentlemen enjoying tea in a temple accompanied by an attendant near a brazier and a second attendant offering a scroll to one of the gentlemen, amidst a walled garden with craggy rocks and two tall pine trees, the moon gate revealing the horizon beyond, further trees peeking out from behind the garden confines, the other panel inscribed in kaishu with an eight-verse poem titled Brewing tea on the bamboo brazier at the Temple for Listening to Pines at Mount Hui inspired by the Ming verses and the paintings of Wang Fu, composed by the Qianlong Emperor and ending with two mock seals reading Qian Long, both panels reserved on a dense ground of stylized leafy arabesque scrolls interspersed with bats and flowers, the cover similarly decorated, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue (2)
纔酌中泠第一泉 惠山聊復事烹煎 品題頓置休慚昔 歌詠膻薌亦賴前
開士幽居如虎跑 （音趵） 舍人文筆擬龍眠 裝池更喜商丘犖 法寶僧庵慎棄全
Width 7 in., 17.8 cm
The rim of the teapot with an approx. 2.5 cm wide triangular section out. The tip of the spout with a small restored chip. The cover with a section of the underside rim and part of the rim edge slightly polished. Overall with minor firing imperfections including minute glaze gaps to the handle.
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Sotheby's New York, 18th September 1996, lot 209.