Chinese Famille Verte Puzzle Teapot, modeled as a Shou character with allover floral painting, the central reserve depicting a figure in a landscape. Unmarked. 7 1/2"H. Early 20th century. Provenance: Middle Tennessee collection, by descent from Allen and Janet Rundell. Mr. Rundell was a Vice President of the Della Rama Steamship Company in Shanghai before and after World War 2. They were interned by the Japanese during the war. This teapot and two other related lots in this auction were buried prior to the Japanese takeover and retrieved when Mr. Rundell returned. CONDITION: Miniscule chip to unglazed base of stopper. Fine 1/4" firing crack, in the making, visible inside one of the pierced elements of the main pot. Overall very good condition.
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