A Chinese teapot with moulded and appliqué decoration of vine and squirrels. Qianlong period
Decorated with moulded and appliqué decoration of vine and squirrels in pastels enamels.
- Period :
- Qianlong (1735-1795), circa 1770
- 5.51 in. (14 cm)
- Reference :
A similar teapot was published by Cohen & Cohen, The Golden Gate Collection, 2018, p. 26, no. 22.
This decoration shows a scrolling fruiting vine and some tiny modeled treeshrews which are actually classified as primates rather than squirrels. The symbolism of these two “grape and squirrel” was popular in Chinese art and implies a wish for generations of sons and grandsons.