Drinking tea is an essential part of Asian culture designed to be a break in the day. A time to relax and sip a hot cup of tea. Around the custom of drinking tea there developed a series of both formal and informal practices. From the steeping of the tea to the serving of the tea an industry emerged to design bowls, cups and utensils. As tea expanded to Europe pottery companies designed not only cups but accompanying pots from which the tea was poured. Tea sets become essential to every household from the working class to the upper class. In Britain designated times were set aside to have ‘afternoon tea’ or ‘high tea’.
Tea pots even became an art form going from the practical to the whimsical to the macabre. Collectors of tea pots demanded a variety of designs not imagined when the first whisking bowl held the precious hot liquid. Though mostly Chinese these pots represent a portion of the evolution of the tea pot itself. Enjoy!
Brass teapot with eight high relief figures of Immortals around the middle, floral decoration on lid, petal rim. SOLD
Hand painted porcelain single serve teapot has bird & butterfly pattern, gold detailing on spout, yellow rose knob.
Consignment: Chinese cloisonne over brass single serve teapot with floral decorations, blue ground with red & green. SOLD
Traditional Purple Sand or Purple Clay teapot is decorated with low relief bamboo branch, spout mimics bamboo and a chipmunk sits on the lid.
On Sale: Purple clay teapot with woven reed design is signed by artist Zhou Yi has unique tan color. "As You Wish in Old Style"
Purple clay teapot signed by artist Tang Qinhua has designs under the edge of the lid; spout, handle and lid have decorative elements. "Prosperity Brought by Dragon and Phoenix.
Purple clay teapot signed by artist Ye Yu Jing has slightly raised image of humming bird on a stem with seed pod.
Purple clay teapot signed by artist Zhuang Qijun sits on three legs, design on the lid is of the "sacred fungus". "Bamboo Knit"
Purple clay teapot signed by artist with ruyi head design on both the lid and around the pot.
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