Edo period, late 17th century AD
This elegant teapot is made of porcelain decorated in overglaze red, blue and green enamels in a formal Kakiemon style.
Its larger size suggests that it was made at a time when tea was becoming gradually cheaper. This shape was the prototype for later European wares.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)