Description & Technical information

European Market
from the Golden Gate Collection

A Chinese export porcelain teapot and cover with moulded and appliqué decoration of vine and squirrels in pastel famille rose enamels.

This decoration shows a scrolling fruiting vine and some tiny modelled treeshrews (Tupaia sp), small fruit eating mammals, which are actually classified as primates rather than squirrels. The symbolism of these two, ‘grape and squirrel’ (songshu putao) was popular in Chinese art and implies a wish for ceaseless generations of sons and grandsons.

Date:   Qianlong period circa 1770
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 21 cm (8¹/₄ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art