White teapot, China

White teapot, China

White teapot
China, Dehua
1690-1720
Porcelain, with ivory-coloured glaze
Museum no. Circ.62&A-1931
W.G. Gulland Bequest

The potter has incised a landscape on one side of this teapot. The other has a couplet from a poem by Su Shi describing the fragrance of orchids in the moonlight on a springtime night. The quotation may indicate that the pot was intended for a Chinese scholar, although scholars usually preferred the 'purple sand' teapots from Yixing.

The bold geometric design anticipates European modernism by more than two centuries.