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A large Chinese Imari ‘lighthouse’ coffee pot and cover, circa 1725. Estimate £4,000 – 6,000 (€5,400 – 8,000). Photo Bonhams.

Of typical conical shape, with bird spout and elaborate shaped handle, painted in underglaze blue and enamelled in iron red and gilt with boughs of sprouting lilies, the stepped foot with two iron red decorative borders, the domed cover decorated en-suite. 36cm (14 1/8in) high (2).

Notes: The distinctive form of the handle may be loosely related to the handles found on the original silver form that inspired this design. However, D. S. Howard, in A Tale of Three Cities (Sotheby’s 1997), fig. 152, where a similar teapot is illustrated, suggests that it could also represent the tail feathers of the bird whose head constitutes the spout.

A similar teapot was sold, Christie’s New York, 26/01/2010, lot 36.

Bonhams. ASIAN ART, 25 Feb 2015 10:30 GMT – LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE