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(Chinese, active c. 1720s–90s)
Stoneware, with gold pigment, Yixing ware
Diameter: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.); Overall: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.); with spout: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1980.27
This teapot of simple shape and polished surface has an imperial poem in gold on one side and a landscape on the other. The archaic seal script–style characters cite a poem composed by the Qianlong emperor on his third southern inspection tour in 1762. The base bears a stamped seal of the Yixing potter Chen Hanwen. Yixing potters produced teapots primarily for Ming dynasty literati-officials who valued simplicity and restraint in the wider Jiangnan region until the early Qing emperors introduced them at court. Court records of the Yongzheng era mention orders to make silver and porcelain teapots based on Yixing models
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