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A Yixing Tea Pot â 20th Century

A Yixing Tea Pot – 20th Century

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Stoneware: Pre 1960: Item # 1038526

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This is a straightforward utilitarian Yixing teapot dating from the first half of the 20th century. It has straight vertical sides and rounded shoulder that support a 1” high neck and lid. There are two loops for attaching a handle - probably one made of woven bamboo or rattan.

The teapot measures 5” high – is 4 ½” diameter in the main body – is 6 ¼” wide to the end of the spout – and the top measures 2 7/8” diameter. There are two marks on the sides of the lids opening and a four character mark on the base - none of these have been translated. The teapot is in excellent condition. Yixing (pronounced ='ee-shing') is a county-level city in Jiangsu province, in eastern China with a population of one million. It is well-known for its Yixing clay to make Yixing clay teapot (also called Zisha - Purple Sand) teapots and bamboo forests. Yixing clay is a type of clay from the region near the city of Yixing in Jiangsu province, China. Its use dates back to the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) when purple clay was first mined around Lake Taihu in China.

The finished stoneware, which is used for teaware and other small items, are usually red or brown in colour. They are known as Purple Sand ware, and are typically unglazed. The clays used for the yixing-wares are very cohesive and can be formed by slip molding, coil forming, or most commonly, slab forming. The clays can also be formed by throwing. The most famous wares made for yixing clay are Yixing clay teapots.