An Inscribed 'Blanc-De-Chine' 'Pomegranate' Teapot

Lot 339. An Inscribed 'Blanc-De-Chine' 'Pomegranate' Teapot, 17th Century; 13.2cm., 5 1/4 in. Estimate 1,000—1,500 GBP. Lot sold 2,375 GBP. Photo courtesy Sotheby's 2008 

the globular body naturalistically moulded as a pomegranate with a six-sided star-shaped calyx forming the foot, the stalk forming the ear handle and the conforming cover moulded with leaves, partly illegible caoshu four-character inscription incised to one side; together with a 'Blanc-de-Chine' cup, of faceted leaf-section, the exterior moulded with stalks, veins and shoots forming the four short feet and the loop handle. 

Provenance: Pierre Saque, Paris (according to labels).

Note: Similar teapots are illustrated, P.J. Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, London, 1969, pl. 61; Beurdeley & Raindre, La porcelain des Qing, Paris, 1986, p. 247, pl. 344; and Ayers, Chinese Ceramics. The Koger Collection, New York, 1985, p. 178, pl. 152. The Koger teapot is now in the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, and was recently exhibited by John Ayers in the China Institute, New York, Blanc de Chine. Divine Images in Porcelain, 2002, cat. no. 16, where he attributes a date in the first half of the 17th century; note also a similar teapot was sold recently Christie's New York, 30th March 30 2005, lot 374. For a similar leaf-shaped cup, see Donnelly, op. cit., pl. 44C.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 05 Nov 08. London