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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.759
  • Catalogue No.: 390
  • Object type: Teapot
  • Kiln/Location: Blue-and-white, Arita
  • Period/Date: early 18th century
  • Dimensions: H. 18.4 cm, D. 24.0 cm; On base, six-character Chenghua mark
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Octagonal teapot. Side handle of rounded cross-section, upright curving spout, short straight neck with fitting octagonal lid, domed with everted rim and slightly flattened knob. Underglaze blue decoration. Two panels in reverse with scenes derived from engravings of temple and bridge with monks and pagoda with travellers in cart, against lotus scroll background.

    The scenes in the cartouches derive somewhat freely from engravings of Chinese scenes in the book by Dapper, 1670: (a) from the welcome to Pekin of Ambassador Joan van Hoorn (after p. 346), and (b) from the scene of the temple on the rock bridge between Gotanga and Quotinha (p. 289). For another example in the Westfries Museum, Hoorn, see Scheurleer, 1973(a), pl. 195; and Jorg, 2003. no. 323.

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