Also Called :
Ball Shape Teapots
Late 19th Century-Early 20th Century
Price Range :
5 1/4″ diameter x 5 5/8″ tall; Without Top: 5″ tall
Total Weight: 1 lb. 14 oz.; Top: 2 oz.; Pot: 1 lb. 12 oz.
Coleman Auction Galleries, NYC-1965
Description: Canton Tea, Coffee and Chocolate Pots make up a confusing world in defining the many, many variations to be found. Therefore, we have listed all of them under “Teapots”. Designations that have come into common useage such as “Censor”, “Dome-Top”, “Lighthouse” will be used as well as physical descriptions such as “Drum Shape”, “Pear Shape” and “Conical Shape”. In buying any teapot make sure the top fits well.
This Ball Shaped teapot is one of a series of very late teapots which we call the “Flag Series” as they have a group of flags on one side that does not appear on the early Canton teapots (see closeup picture of the flags). They are also distinguished by a pyramid/triangle border on the tops and a rain cloud border on the pots.
This teapot has a curved spout, a large loop handle and a white ball knob with a star-like design and an air hole. The porcelain is very white without the usual firing imperfections we see on the early Canton pieces. The bottom is glazed and the top is inset in the pot with a deep flange that sits inside the pot to help secure the top when pouring. This teapot has a matching creamer (see last picture).