As the country that originated tea, it is no surprise that Chinese teapots are renowned around the world for their design and functionality. In different parts of China, teapots come in a variety of styles for different occasions. Hence, northern China is known for its large teapots, while the south is famed for its tiny ones like the Yixing teapots. Bidsquare features a range of Chinese teapot sets dating back to the 18th Century along with teapots produced as recently as the 21st century and are great gifts for friends and families as well as collectors.
The use of ceramic kettles and wine pots as teapots began in China during the Yuan Dynasty but it is in the Tang Dynasty that a cauldron that resembled a bottle was used as teapots for brewing tea and filling water. Tea ceremony became increasingly refined in the Ming Dynasty, and the process of brewing tea was more precise. Clay teapots or Yixing teapots gained popularity in the Ming Dynasty, which was a new pursuit of tea art among people and reflected a new step with the Chinese tea art of drinking strong tea in small teapots, an important element of Chinese culture.
A self-effacing structure, the Yixing teapot features breathable clay construction that absorbs the fragrance and aroma of brewed tea without polluting the tea color. The “Purple Clay” (Zisha) of the Yixing teapots has excellent porosity and heat handling properties that significantly enhance the tea flavor in comparison with tea prepared in teapots made in glass, porcelain, or glazed teapots. Teas from different families or classes of tea are not served in the same Yixing teapot.
Although the Chinese teapots are an important part of ancient Chinese culture, they have a rich artistic significance besides playing an important role in world heritage. The antique Chinese teapot is unique with its own distinctive history, patina, taste, and character. The boutique collection of Chinese teapots on Bidsquare online auction will help you find the perfect teapot.