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The reds and greens of this Chinese teapot are giving us the Christmassy feels! Polychrome porcelain decoration was particularly refined during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1662–1722) when this teapot was made. The style most identifiable with the Kangxi era is known as Wucai or ‘five colours’, a particular palette of overglaze enamel colours dominated by hues of green. This style is better known in the West as Famille Verte, a term introduced by the French art historian Albert Jacquemart in his seminal book L’Histoire de la Céramique (1873). Famille Verte porcelain enjoyed a widespread appeal and was produced in vast quantities for domestic use but also for export to the West, where it was extremely sought after.

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