REF No. 6780 GG
GG: Chinese export porcelain famille rose teapot and cover with appliqué vine and squirrels
Teapot & Cover 6780
Qianlong period circa 1770
Length: 8¼ inches; 21cm
from the Golden Gate Collection
A Chinese export porcelain teapot and cover with moulded and appliqué decoration of vine and squirrels in pastel famille rose enamels.
This decoration shows a scrolling fruiting vine and some tiny modelled treeshrews (Tupaia sp), small fruit eating mammals, which are actually classified as primates rather than squirrels. The symbolism of these two, ‘grape and squirrel’ (songshu putao) was popular in Chinese art and implies a wish for ceaseless generations of sons and grandsons.