Y Shin (Yixing) Teapot or Oilpot
Item No. 5451A
19th Century, N/A, China
2.75" x 6.25" x 4"
( 6.985 x 15.875 x 10.16 cm)
(H x W x D)
Known also as Purple Clay Teapots for their color, Yixing teapots are one of the best known Chinese artistic expressions. They were first made in the 12th century in Yixing and became famous during the Ming Dynasty (14th -16th centuries). According to literature, during the Ming Dynasty, a monk from JingShaShi (Golden Sand Temple) in Yixing made a teapot from local clay. Over time, such teapots became regarded as fine sculpture pieces, and became collectors items to the local inhabitants.
The finest artists in China, borrowing themes from nature and Chinese mythology, have designed these teapots that range from austere to capricious. Each piece is stamped with the artisan’s personal chop, showing the pride and care exerted in making it.
In addition to beautiful designs, Yixing teapots are prized for their abilities to augment the flavor and aroma of brewed tea. They are made from special tocal clay that allows the finished vessel to “breathe”, preserving the freshness and color of tea. Many collectors rinse their pots with tea often, enhancing the richness of the teapots’ unique patina.
This charming pot is painted with enamel to create a deep vibrant surface on the porous clay. The design is set on a dark green ground with a large roundel on each side decorated with an image of Hotei, the Happy Buddha, and interspersed with four smaller roundels of flowers with radiating petals in green and blue. The broad flat everted rim mirrors the floral motif, topped by a mall solid color ball handle lid. Four lugs are set under the rim.