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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

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A CHINESE CARVED SPINACH GREEN JADE BRUSHPOT
Mar 03, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE CARVED SPINACH GREEN JADE BRUSHPOT
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $8,000- $14,000
$1,7002 Bids
A LARGE FAMILLE-VERTE ‘KUI XING’ BRUSHPOT, BITONG 硬彩魁星筆筒
Mar 01, 10:00 AM CET
A LARGE FAMILLE-VERTE ‘KUI XING’ BRUSHPOT, BITONG 硬彩魁星筆筒
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €250- €500
€2501 Bid
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A FINE JUN GLAZE FLOWER POT
Mar 03, 11:00 AM EST
A FINE JUN GLAZE FLOWER POT
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Yaozhou Kiln Deep Carving Dragon Head Pot,Song Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 8:00 AM EST
Yaozhou Kiln Deep Carving Dragon Head Pot,Song Dynasty,China
by Hotspot Auctions
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A landscape patterned porcelain brush pot,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 8:00 AM EST
A landscape patterned porcelain brush pot,Qing Dynasty,China
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Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2001 Bid
A JADE WATER POT
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
A JADE WATER POT
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $2,100- $4,000
$7501 Bid
A GARNET-GLAZE INCISED-DESIGN PORCELAIN WINE POT WITH DOUBLE TO FASTEN.C327.
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
A GARNET-GLAZE INCISED-DESIGN PORCELAIN WINE POT WITH DOUBLE TO FASTEN.C327.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $1,800- $3,000
$5501 Bid
A FINE WHITE GLAZED BEEHIVE WATER POT, TAIBAIZUN, LATE QING DYNASTY 清末白釉太白尊
Mar 01, 10:00 AM CET
A FINE WHITE GLAZED BEEHIVE WATER POT, TAIBAIZUN, LATE QING DYNASTY 清末白釉太白尊
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €300- €600
€3001 Bid
Chinese Celadon Glazed Famille Rose Porcelain Wine Pot
Mar 06, 10:00 AM CET
Chinese Celadon Glazed Famille Rose Porcelain Wine Pot
by Artia Auktionshus
Est: €500- €750
€5001 Bid
A RED PORCELAIN BRUSH POT
Mar 02, 12:00 PM PST
A RED PORCELAIN BRUSH POT
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Chinese Painted Porcelain Brush Pot Vessel Bottle
Mar 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Painted Porcelain Brush Pot Vessel Bottle
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$11 Bid
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A Collection of 3 Pencil Pots
Feb 29, 10:00 AM CET
A Collection of 3 Pencil Pots
by Veilinghuis de Jager
Est: €180- €350
€1201 Bid
Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Jardinieres
Mar 09, 9:00 AM PST
Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Jardinieres
by Abell Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Four cylindrical bamboo brushpots, 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
Four cylindrical bamboo brushpots, 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD601 Bid
Chinese Polychrome Enamel Yongzheng Lady and Phoenix Brushpot
Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
Chinese Polychrome Enamel Yongzheng Lady and Phoenix Brushpot
by Orion Asian Art
Est: £300- £900
£3001 Bid
Chinese Export Famille Rose Coffee pot with Gilt Mount
Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
Chinese Export Famille Rose Coffee pot with Gilt Mount
by Orion Asian Art
Est: £80- £240
£801 Bid
CHINESE CLOISONNE & ENAMEL COVERED POT
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
CHINESE CLOISONNE & ENAMEL COVERED POT
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $150- $200
$1300 Bids
QING DYNASTY ENAMEL AND GILT MONK'S HAT POT
Mar 09, 3:00 PM PST
QING DYNASTY ENAMEL AND GILT MONK'S HAT POT
by Mega International Auction
Est: $4,800- $5,800
$3,7500 Bids
OLD COLLECTION OF GE KILN YELLOW CRACKING GLAZING SILVER MOUTH POT OF NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY
Mar 09, 3:00 PM PST
OLD COLLECTION OF GE KILN YELLOW CRACKING GLAZING SILVER MOUTH POT OF NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY
by Mega International Auction
Est: $1,200- $1,700
$7000 Bids
FAMILLE ROSE HAND PAINTED FIGURES STORY POT IN THE YONGZHENG PERIOD OF THE QING DYNASTY
Mar 09, 3:00 PM PST
FAMILLE ROSE HAND PAINTED FIGURES STORY POT IN THE YONGZHENG PERIOD OF THE QING DYNASTY
by Mega International Auction
Est: $1,500- $2,200
$9000 Bids
MING DYNASTY RED GLAZE FLOWER POT
Mar 09, 3:00 PM PST
MING DYNASTY RED GLAZE FLOWER POT
by Mega International Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Pots


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Hotspot Auctions

Hotspot Auctions

Annabel's Galleries Inc.

Annabel's Galleries Inc.