An Yixing ‘Phoenix’ teapot and cover


Kangxi period (1662-1722)

The teapot is moulded as a Phoenix (fenghuang) with head turned backwards and resting on two feet, the coiling tail forming the handle. The cover is moulded in the form of a flaming Buddhist Pearl. The feathery body is finely incised. The stoneware is of a rich reddish-brown colour 

17 cm long

For a similar Phoenix-shape teapot see Gerard C. C. Tsang. 'Yixing Pottery', Hong Kong, 1981, p. 177, pl. 117.

Another example is in the Peabody Essex Museum, purchased in 2007, no AE86563.AB


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