A charming Chinese export porcelain famille rose teapot, the lower half formed with a two registers of molded lotus petals below an encircling ring of applied gilded grapevines with scampering squirrels, the cover of the pot as well lotus-molded, with applied grapevines and a squirrel finial. Typical of the whimsical designs that were so enormously popular in the 1740s and 1750s that fed the European “china-mania”. Measuring 6 1/2″ across and 4 1/2″ high and with three body lines and a rim chip; the lines appear to go under the applied decoration which appears to be in rare, complete condition, and so, no restoration was attempted. Ex-Elinor Gordon Collection. Circa 1740.