A Rare Porcelain Teapot



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A Rare Porcelain Teapot

by the Gardner Factory, Moscow, circa 1790

The body of compressed form, decorated on both sides with a cartouche painted with a multi-coloured bouquet of orange and yellow flowers, on a stylized claw-like foot, the spout in the form of a mythical sea-horse decorated with gilt scales, the neck simulating the head of a Russian epic hero with beard and moustache painted en grisaille, wearing, as a cover, the helmet of a German knight and sitting on the sea-horse, holding onto its neck with both hands, the handle in the form of two allegorical young naked boys, one sitting on the neck of the other and thus comprising the upper and lower half of the handle, marked under base with blue underglaze crossed swords and with incised '2131'

6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) high with the helmet, 4 3/8 in. (11 cm.) wide, 6? in. (16.5 cm.) long, 3 in. (7.7 cm.) diameter of the base