A great form, this early Chinese export porcelain Imari palette punch pot is hand-painted in underglaze blue, iron red and gilded highlights, the pot with molded lotus petal panels, each decorated with a flowering pot or flowering bush of peony, prunus and chrysanthemum. all against a scrolling. diapered or flowerhead ground, the cover similarly decorated and surmounted by a lotus-petal knop, the handle and the spout painted with what appears to be a scrolling lotus design, hence the flowers representing the Four Seasons cover the pot. This large vessel measures 7 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ and is certainly bigger than the usual sized teapots being made at this period. It is in very good condition with only a very small line sealed at the base of the handle. Kangxi period, circa 1690-1710.