This teapot was manufactured in Japan at the end of the seventeenth century. The teapot is decorated with Poudre Bleu. On either side we find a recessed cartouche with chicken and eggs. These type of recessed decorations can be found on vases, bottles and teapots, but have only been made for a short period of time. This was probably due to the time-consuming and therefore expensive way of manufacturing. These modeled cartouches are only found on Japanese export porcelain. No Chinese imitations are known. The cock with five chicks is a metaphor for caring parenthood.
A Japanese porcelain bottle with the same type of recessed cartouche with hens and chicks is part of the collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
C. Jörg, Oosters porselein Een keuze uit de verzameling van het Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1995, p.113.
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