A Chinese famille rose molded and reticulated “brocade ball” teapot. Yongzheng period

Decorated in the famille rose palette, the teapot molded on each side with two convex reticulated and gilt roundels encircled by petal lappets and green diaper, on another diaper ground. The whole is flanked by two Buddhist lions which form the handle and the spout. The cover is surmounted by a cockerel-form finial.

Period :
Yongzheng (1723-1735), circa 1730
5.11 in. (13.5 cm)
Reference :


From a European Collection made in 1930's

Related works

An identical teapot is illustrated by H.A. Crosby Forbes in Yang-ts’ai: The Foreign Colors, Rose Porcelains of the Ch’ing Dynasty, 1982, Milton, MA, p. 16, cat. 2.

For a very similar teapot, see Christie’s NYC, Collected in America: Chinese Ceramics from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15 September 2016, lot 953 (formerly in the Mary Clark Thompson (1835-1923) Collection).

Another very similar teapot (from the Martin-Hurst Collection) is illustrated by G. C. Williamson in The Book of Famille Rose (London, 1927, pl. XXIV, p. 66-67).

For another similar teapot, see A. Varela Santos, Qing Export Porcelain, 2015, p. 56, no. 63.

For another similar teapot, see S.W. Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, New York, 1980, fig. 186.

For another teapot, see J.P. van Goidsenhoven, La Ceramique Chinoise sous les Ts’ing, Brussels, 1936, pl. 88, cat. 198.


The playful and imaginative shape of this press-molded teapot is derived from the shape of the brocade ball which is traditionally seen as a toy under the paw of the male Lion of Buddha. The form is derived from a wine pot.

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