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Chinese Teapots & Tea Sets

The drinking of tea has been an important part of Chinese culture for millennia. The origins of tea are said to date back to 2737 B.C., but the recorded practice of drinking tea dates back to the first century B.C. Since that time, the Chinese have long contemplated and perfected the art of tea drinking. In order to release the perfect flavors in a tea, the Chinese stressed the importance of having a good teapot.

Most traditional Chinese teapots were made of clay. This clay teapot went unglazed and was not universal. High-fired and less porous clay teapots were used for any kind of tea, but ideal for green, white, and oolong teas. Low-fired and more porous clay teapots were only used for black or red teas. Because the clay pots were unfired, the flavors of the tea would intentionally remain within the teapot, enhancing subsequent tea flavors over time.


Quick Facts

  • Particularly popular for tea-making is the Yixing teapot. The Yixing teapot is made of purple clay near the Yixing province of China, and was mostly used for black and oolong teas
  • In the Tang dynasty, tea became one of the seven essentials of daily life in China
  • There are two distinct kinds of Yixing teapots: one made from mud, and one made from the superior “stone” clay. Mud “earth grade” teapots were naturally colored white, and are often artificially colored to look like their darker stone-grade counterparts

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Chinese Teapot, Yixing glazed in Turquoise & speckle, never used H:9cm x L:15.5cm
Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
Chinese Teapot, Yixing glazed in Turquoise & speckle, never used H:9cm x L:15.5cm
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Est: AUD100- AUD150
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(20pc) Chinese Porcelain Tea Set, Mini Bowls
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(6pc) Qing Dynasty Style Porcelain Tea Set
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Est: $0- $0
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Est: $200- $400
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Chinese Yixing Teapot
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
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Est: $100- $200
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A Chinese Fortune Tea Pot
Mar 03, 2:15 PM PST
A Chinese Fortune Tea Pot
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Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Miniature Chinese Yixing Teapot and Cover
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Miniature Chinese Yixing Teapot and Cover
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Est: $50- $75
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A CHINESE CARVED WHITE JADE TEAPOT
Mar 03, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE CARVED WHITE JADE TEAPOT
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Est: $7,000- $10,000
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A CHINESE INSCRIBED YIXING GLAZE ZISHA TEAPOT
Mar 03, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE INSCRIBED YIXING GLAZE ZISHA TEAPOT
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Est: $400- $600
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Chinese Yixing Teapot
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Yixing Teapot
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Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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4pc Chinese Export Silver Tea and Coffee Service Set
Mar 12, 2:00 PM EDT
4pc Chinese Export Silver Tea and Coffee Service Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $5,000- $8,000
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Antique Chinese Porcelain Tea Pot
Mar 13, 2:00 PM EDT
Antique Chinese Porcelain Tea Pot
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $900- $2,000
$801 Bid
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Chinese Stoneware Caledon Glaze Tea Pot
Mar 13, 2:00 PM EDT
Chinese Stoneware Caledon Glaze Tea Pot
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $300- $800
$201 Bid
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Chinese Rock Crystal Teapot and Cover
Mar 13, 2:00 PM EDT
Chinese Rock Crystal Teapot and Cover
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $800- $2,000
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A blue and white porcelain rectangular teapot painted with Chinese characters
Mar 02, 12:30 PM ICT
A blue and white porcelain rectangular teapot painted with Chinese characters
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿20,000- ฿25,000
฿20,0001 Bid
A blue and white teapot painted with Shou characters
Mar 02, 12:30 PM ICT
A blue and white teapot painted with Shou characters
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿15,000- ฿18,000
฿14,0001 Bid
Chinese Famille Rose Chrysanthemum Teapot and Stand
Mar 07, 12:00 PM GMT
Chinese Famille Rose Chrysanthemum Teapot and Stand
by Orion Asian Art
Est: £800- £2,400
£8001 Bid
Chinese Export Three-Piece Tea Service
Mar 10, 9:00 AM PST
Chinese Export Three-Piece Tea Service
by Abell Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
A Collection of Chinese Decorative Objects including Celadon Miniature Teapots
Mar 17, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Collection of Chinese Decorative Objects including Celadon Miniature Teapots
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Est: AUD40- AUD60
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Antique Chinese Blanc De Chine Teapot
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Antique Chinese Blanc De Chine Teapot
by Abell Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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A Chinese Vividly Detailed Curving Fortune Tea Pot
Mar 03, 2:15 PM PST
A Chinese Vividly Detailed Curving Fortune Tea Pot
by Jade Auction House
Est: $800- $1,200
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Sellers Who Sell Chinese Teapots & Tea Sets


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Mega International Auction

Mega International Auction

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.

Jade Auction House

Jade Auction House