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Small Teapot with Lid and Green Foil Ground

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Small Teapot with Lid and Green Foil Ground, early 20th c.
Enamel on Copper
2 7/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. x 2 11/16 in. (7.3 cm x 10.48 cm x 6.83 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Douglas and Pamela Routh
Accession Number: 2002.9.169 a, b


Marks
There is a sticker on the bottom of the pot which reads: "19-10," and a sticker on the interior of the lid which reads: "NY-67/14/FAR/E2/9-21."

Medium
Multicolored enamels over a foil layer, on a cast copper base with gilding.

Object Description
Small teapot with a wisteria floral and vine pattern executed in opaque blue-toned enamels against a transparent green enamel and nanako (“fish roe” dots) foil ground. A tiny pink butterfly flits among the flowers. The handle and spout of the pot are decorated in bands of green and black enamel with circular cloisons. The enamels coloring the wisteria are applied sloppily, with no attempt to keep the colors within the wires. The lid is decorated in green enamel and foil, with a matching wisteria design and a tiny black butterfly. The lid has a small circular knob on top. The underside of the pot is decorated with spiraling wires and turquoise-blue enamel, with three applied gilded feet. The interior of the pot and lid is glazed with dark-blue enamel.

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