REF No. 6607
Chinese export porcelain famille verte teapot and cover
Kangxi period circa 1710
Length: 7½ inches: 19cm
A Chinese export porcelain teapot of ribbed globular form, decorated in famille verte enamels with tree peonies and a Chinese phoenix (fenghuang).
This is an elegant rare form of teapot. The decoration includes the Chinese phoenix which is a mythical bird not to be confused with the very different Western phoenix that rises from the ashes, originally a middle eastern mythical bird.
The Chinese phoenix is a composite bird with parts of a rooster, a pheasant, a peacock and a mandarin duck. It was widely used in Chinese art and represents several things, including the East (sometimes together with a tiger representing the West) and the Empress, often in conjunction with peonies, as found here.