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Enamel Octagonal Teapot with Painted Reserved Panels, Looped Handle, and Warming Stand - View 2

The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum
Beijing, China

The sides of this octagonal teapot have reserved panels with alternating paintings of landscapes, flowers, and birds. The looped handle is gilded with a central section of aventurine (called jinxing liaoshi, lit. "goldstar material stone"). The gilded copper feet of the stand are in a curved S shape. Intended to contain and burn some type of fuel, the warmer is ornamented with an enamel of chrysanthemum designs. The undersides of the teapot and warmer are inscribed with characters that are translated to read “Manufactured in the Qianlong reign”.
This looped-handled teapot combines both metallic and enamel arts in one work. While its overall structure is an imitation of a Western style, the themes of the painted panels are drawn from traditional Chinese portrayals of landscapes, birds, and flowers. The painting reflects the skills of a proficient artist—probably one employed by the imperial household. The fine painted enamel combines Eastern and Western aesthetics.

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  • Title: Enamel Octagonal Teapot with Painted Reserved Panels, Looped Handle, and Warming Stand - View 2
  • Physical Dimensions: overall height: 37 cm, mouth diameter: 9.1 cm, bottom diameter: 13.5 cm
  • Provenance: Qing imperial collection
  • Type: enamels
  • Medium: enamels
  • Dynasty: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

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