Yixing teapot with pewter casing, ca 1900. The casing consists of incised pewter with coppper accents depicting several Chinese symbols. Four panels flank the sides of the teapot: a bird among potted prunus, a large butterfly, a peacock among potted peonies, and the Taoist immortal Liuhai sporting with the 3-legged toad. The rim of the pot contains 4 fu dogs with 2 flaming pearls. Beneath these fu dogs is a band of pewter and copper with Chinese characters incised: "The house of rites is truely serene. It is difficult to match up even after a strenuous life of discipline. Able to bear facing the Buddha. To revere the 8 corners of the world after the way." The lid depicts 2 butterflies facing off. The pewter and inlaid copper spout is pierced with 2 coins as an embellishment. Another coin configuration is on the base. The handle is of paktong with incising of 2 dragons after the flaming pearl and at the ends of the handle are 2 flags. There is a maker's mark on the base.
Age: Qing Dynasty ca 1900
Size: 5-1/4" x 7" x 4-3/4"
Media: Stoneware / Pewter / Copper