Subject:Re: Biue white with Dragons Vtg, Atq, or Modern?
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Feb 25, 2023
Regret to inform, but while your quasi gourd-shaped dragon teapot with curling dragon tail for handle might make a nice decorative statement in the right home surroundings, it falls short of authenticity and antiquity tests on several counts.
There is no precedent for a pot of similar form ever being made during the entire Qing dynasty among illustrations in the comprehensive scholarly tome 'Ch'ing Official and Popular Wares' by Professor Liu Liang-yu, an advisor to the National Palace Museum/Taipei and world authority on the subject of Chinese ceramics. The book is filled with museum-quality photos and descriptions of various reign-marked pieces accompanied by diagrams of their profiles.
The Yongzheng palace rigidly controlled the appearance and calligraphy of imperial and export porcelain markings. Your probable wine pot is inconsistent with period norms both in its grossly brushed double circles and casually written characters that overflow those borders. There is nothing like it in the authoritative Mainland-published “Collection of Classical Markings on Chinese Historical Porcelains” (Zhongguo lidai taoci kuanzhi dadian - 中国历代陶瓷款识大典).
The decoration has further suspicious issues in looking like it is at least partially pasted together with decals or other transfers; i.e., the floating leaves with no stems. Also, the dragons would have been painted in the style prevailing in the period, which these don't.
I've attached an auction house photo below of a 19th century teapot having the form somewhat resembling the profile of yours and decoration using a dragon style seen in the 18th century.