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Chinese Pots

The Chinese were the first civilization to make ceramic pots. The earliest known pot has been dated back to 18,000 B.C. Commonly used for ceremonial purposes, Chinese peoples made these pottery vessels throughout the Neolithic period using clay found on the banks of the Yangtze River. The earliest ceramic Chinese pottery took on crude forms and was decorated with geometric patterns.

Pottery later evolved into painted funerary items made by shaping stacked coils to create a vessel shape. By late Neolithic period, the Chinese had mastered the art of molding clay into eggshell thin goblets. By 1600 B.C., during the Shang Dynasty, the Chinese had developed methods of firing clay pots at high temperatures, and had developed their first glazing techniques.

Yixing violet sand pottery was the most popular of all types of pottery methods particularly among scholars in Song Dynasty China and 17th century Europeans. Materials for yixing clay are found deep underground and processed to make pots in an extremely complicated process that is rarely shared outside of the trade. By mixing the violet sand with a variety of other mediums, the resulting item could come in several different colors ranging from an earthy chestnut to azure, red, or gray.


Quick Facts

  • Nixing pottery, known for its extremely smooth, polishable surface, is known for its resistance to acids and bases, and it’s ability to preserve the freshness of its contents for lengthy periods of time
  • Jianshui purple pottery, the result of purple clay mixed with various colors of mud, is not only known for its rigidity and smooth luster, but also for the sound it creates – when tapped, it sounds like bronze
  • Most of the earliest clay pots in China were created by stacking coils of clay which were then fired into a rigid shape in bonfires

Recommended Items at Auction

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A CHANGSHA KILN HANDED POT WITH CHARACTERS DECORATION.C004
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
A CHANGSHA KILN HANDED POT WITH CHARACTERS DECORATION.C004
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $600- $1,800
$2503 Bids
CHINESE ANTIQUE BRONZE VESSEL
Nov 30, 11:30 AM EST
CHINESE ANTIQUE BRONZE VESSEL
by Latair Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1002 Bids
A BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN BRUSH POT,MING
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN BRUSH POT,MING
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,000
$2001 Bid
A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN BRUSH POT,CHONGZHEN
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN BRUSH POT,CHONGZHEN
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $700- $900
$2001 Bid
A LARGE 'FAMILLE ROSE' RURAL FIGURAL SCENES PORCELAIN JARDINIÈRE
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
A LARGE 'FAMILLE ROSE' RURAL FIGURAL SCENES PORCELAIN JARDINIÈRE
by Nagel Auction
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€3,0001 Bid
CHINESE CARVED ROSEWOOD BRUSH POT
Nov 29, 3:00 PM EST
CHINESE CARVED ROSEWOOD BRUSH POT
by Omnia Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$401 Bid
A CHINESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL HEXAGONAL BRUSHPOT
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL HEXAGONAL BRUSHPOT
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$8001 Bid
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CHINESE PORCELAIN BRUSH POT 20th Century Height 8”.
Dec 06, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE PORCELAIN BRUSH POT 20th Century Height 8”.
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $350
$1251 Bid
A RARE BRONZE WINE VESSEL 'POU' OR 'LEI'
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
A RARE BRONZE WINE VESSEL 'POU' OR 'LEI'
by Nagel Auction
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€3,0001 Bid
Antique Chinese Peach Bloom Water Coupe, Qing Dynasty
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Chinese Peach Bloom Water Coupe, Qing Dynasty
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2001 Bid
19th C Chinese Large Blue and White Vase Pot
Dec 17, 1:00 PM EST
19th C Chinese Large Blue and White Vase Pot
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$201 Bid
OLD Chinese Large Blue and White Brush Pot, 18th/19th century
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
OLD Chinese Large Blue and White Brush Pot, 18th/19th century
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$501 Bid
A LARGE PORCELAIN BODY POT CARVED WITH DOUBLE DRAGONS. THE TOP CARVED WITH DA QING QIAN LONG NIAN ZHI SIX-CHARACTERS.C600.
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
A LARGE PORCELAIN BODY POT CARVED WITH DOUBLE DRAGONS. THE TOP CARVED WITH DA QING QIAN LONG NIAN ZHI SIX-CHARACTERS.C600.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $25,000- $35,000
$9,5001 Bid
A Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Pot Lidded
Dec 17, 9:30 AM EST
A Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Pot Lidded
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Chinese Pair Porcelain Dragon Phoenix Covered Pots
Nov 30, 11:00 AM EST
Chinese Pair Porcelain Dragon Phoenix Covered Pots
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
A CHINESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL POT WITH LOOP HANDLE
Jan 02, 9:00 AM EST
A CHINESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL POT WITH LOOP HANDLE
by Roswell Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$8001 Bid
A Chinese Yuan Dynasty Celadon Pots
Dec 17, 9:30 AM EST
A Chinese Yuan Dynasty Celadon Pots
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $200
$201 Bid
A Crack Glazed Porcelain Pot
Dec 17, 9:30 AM EST
A Crack Glazed Porcelain Pot
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $200
$201 Bid
A Crackle Glaze Porcelain Water Pot on Wood Base
Dec 17, 9:30 AM EST
A Crackle Glaze Porcelain Water Pot on Wood Base
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $200
$201 Bid
PETIT POT
Dec 05, 2:00 PM CET
PETIT POT
by Tajan
Est: €800- €1,200
€7001 Bid
Canton Covered Chamber Pot, 19th Century
Dec 03, 9:30 AM EST
Canton Covered Chamber Pot, 19th Century
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Two White Glazed Brush Pot and Washer
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CST
Two White Glazed Brush Pot and Washer
by Mei Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

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