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Hexagonal Teapot
Item No. 17025

Late 19th Century, N/A, China
9" x 8.5" x 8.25"
( 22.86 x 21.59 x 20.955 cm)
(H x W x D)

Teapots like this were commonly used in Chinese villages as domestic wares. Often they would have included a set of cups. This hexagonal pot with short spout and round handle appears to have been based on a wood prototype of a tea caddy in which the raised horizontal band slightly above the mid point of the pot is molded to resemble the metal band which would have held the components of a wood tea caddy together. The top also resembles the shape of the horizontal locking mechanism on the top of wood tea caddies which would have slid into the flaring vertical sidepieces.

This pot is a prototypical piece of Shiwan ware, a form of ceramics now famous and collectible that are made in the kilns of Shiwan. Daily wares were the primary items produced in Shiwan which boasted a reputation as being the “Pottery Capital of China” and was said to produce pottery for every conceivable need. The pieces are well known for their brilliant flambé—or flame-like quality – glazes such as displayed in the turquoise blue glaze of this pot. A piece almost identical to this piece in included in the catalogue of an exhibition of Shiwan Ceramics the Chinese Cultural Foundation of Chicago on page 51.


(1)Scollard, Fredrikke. and Bartholomew, Terese Tse, Shiwan Ceramics: Beauty Color and Passion, Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco, San Francisco, 1994.

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