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