Kangxi drum-shaped famille verte teapot decorated with a panel of flowers on each side within bands of stud moulding; the original spout replaced with a silver spout

"Make-do" teapot, c. 1720

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This teapot probably lost its original porcelain spout in transit. Objects with such repairs such as this are often called "make-dos." They illustrate the extent to which even broken pieces of Chinese Export were highly prized, that they would be custom-fitted with silver rather than discarded.

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Title
"Make-do" teapot
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Artist
Accession Number
98.90a,b
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Kangxi drum-shaped famille verte teapot decorated with a panel of flowers on each side within bands of stud moulding; the original spout replaced with a silver spout