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Antique Y Hsing Enameled Teapot
Item No. 1115

19th Century, N/A, China
Earthenware
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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, became famous during the Ming Dynasty (14th -16th centuries), and developed into today’s myriad aesthetic forms. 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 a 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 pot is prized for its beautiful and perfect form and was left without decorative design. Instead it was fired to a black color in a reducing atmosphere (an absence of oxygen) in the kiln and now has a wonderful and even dark surface without designs to detract from its very elegant shape.

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