Famille Verte wares 1680-1725
Height with cover 112 mm (4.41 inch), height without cover 82 mm (3.35 inch), diameter handle to spout 163 mm (6.42 inch), dimensions of mouth 42 mm (1.65 inch) x 52 mm (2.04 inch), dimensions of foot 60 mm (2.36 inch) x 66 mm (2.60 inch), weight including cover 285 grams (10.05 ounce (oz.)), weight of cover 38 grams (1.34 ounce (oz.))
Teapot with fluted baluster sides supported on three short feet. S-shaped spout and C-shaped handle. Fluted domed cover. Decorated in underglaze blue and famille verte enamels with several panels filled with flowering plants and insects. On the handle and spout flower sprays. The cover is decorated en suite.
In the late 19th century the French art historians Albert Jacquemart and Edmond le Blant coined the term famille verte for this form of polychrome porcelain; in China it is called Kangxi wucai by analogy with wucai (five colours) ware from the Ming dynasty. The 'five' refers not to five specific colours but to 'all' colours. (Düsseldorf 2015, p,158)
Condition: The body restored after being broken in two pieces. The cover with a firing flaw and some glaze loss to the tip of the knob.