Teapot, Yixing, China, ca.1700

Made from a red stoneware known as zisha or ‘purple sand’, this teapot was adorned with gilt-metal mounts upon arrival in the Netherlands in the early 18th century. A dragon is poised on the lid, while a cockerel sits on the spout. The red clay was admired for its fine texture and thin walls that could be left unglazed.