Just got this lovely little teapot home, it is just 7.5 cm in height. It is made from a high-fired light brown clay. It is covered in a thick brown glaze, with almost a sort of tortoiseshell effect. The glaze has a crazing in spiderweb pattern. There is one small repair on a chip under the spout.
It is a product of the Jizhou kilns, in the Yuan dynasty 1271-1368.
Provenance is the PHD Wikramaratna Collection. Wikramaratna PHDS Wikramaratna (PH) was born in Ceylon in 1916, coming to London in 1937 where he took a First Class Honours Degree in engineering. He returned to Ceylon at the outbreak of war where he was the first Ceylonese teacher of civil engineering. After settling in the UK with his Dutch-born wife and their family, he gradually built up an extensive collection of Far-Eastern, and mainly Chinese, ceramics, although by no means limited in scope.