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Tiny Kangxi teapot
Here's the little Kangxi teapot I bought from Gallery Nicolas Fournier. Just couldn't resist the two lively roosters. Though it's not larger than an apple (3 1/2 " or 9 cm with lid), it holds 4 cups of the little Kangxi tea cup next to it. It's no doll house porcelain, tea was expensive back then, that's why tea pots were small. Sometimes you read about 18th century people who drank 40 cups of tea a day and I found that astonishing until I noticed how small the cups were. 40 cups or 10 little tea pots are not more than 1 litre. Especially for Julia is a picture of the inside with one hole. I don't know if that means much though as more holes would have been technically impossible.
Congratulations Birgit, how lovely, they knew their market by placing the charming cockerels. Sharon
I love it, Birgit! Thank you for sharing 😀 It is beautiful!
One of my favorite places to sit and relax with company is a Chinese tearoom near me where they serve teapots about this size for the gongfu tea ceremony. Like you said, these smaller teapots allow for more efficient use of a small number of tea leaves that can be reused over hours. There is also something very relaxing and almost ritualistic about the motions between all of the tea vessels. I much prefer the practicality of these small teapots now!
very lovely teapot. Since I don’t know much about Kangxi teapots but would like to someday what’s the one thing to look for that stands out is it just the size?
@lotusblack Brian, for Kangxi teapots, I think that's a difficult question to answer since there was so much variety in forms and decoration that it is hard to describe one thing that stands out. Some are smaller, some larger. Europeans often requested certain western silver forms to be replicated in porcelain, so you'll see a variety in that regard as well. And then among forms, there are different styles like famille rose/verte/BW/etc. It's certainly an area that is diverse enough to amass a large collection of.
What is that little box you used as a prop? At first I thought it was a matchbox, but it looks to be something else, so without knowing what it is the size comparison doesn't help me. My German ancestry doesn't help me read the language unfortunately. Although that would be cool if I was able to just intuit the meaning from my DNA structure! The answer is probably deep within my spiritual mind if I meditate on it perhaps it would be revealed to me. Or you could just tell me - that might be easier.
That gave me a good laugh, John 🤣 I think it is a matchbox! There's a photo of a burning match at the bottom of the box.
Also, made a mistake. I started talking about Kangxi teapots, but inadvertently mentioned famille rose thinking of the later Yongzheng/Qianlong teapots. I don't think there were famille rose Kangxi teapots...
Dear Birgit, please tell about the cup and saucer too.
Congratulations, Birgit, it is beautiful! I love the cockerels and thanks for thinking of me, it has exactly the hole I would expect to see. 😊
I also have a little teapot which you identified - absolutely ages ago - as being dehua porcelain from around 1700. I think these tiny pots are really lovely items!
Sorry John, it's a matchbox. I should have turned it so it can be seen properly. First I thought of using an apple but they come in different sizes.
Hi Sharon, the cup and saucer have a bird feeding pattern.
@shinigami The cup and saucer are really lovely. Thanks for the matchbox clarification. I got confused by the words.
@shinigami Ditto, I'm a fan of porcelain with birds. Plus, they will go well with your antique Meissen blue and white collection.
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