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Japanese Teapots & Tea Sets

Teapots were introduced to Japan as early as the 9th century by a Chinese Buddhist monk. By the 1600s, Japan developed their own teapots and cups known as kyusu to amplify their experience of tea. Kyusu are most commonly made of natural clay and can be divided into three main categories: side-handled kyusu, rear grip kyusu, and handled kyusu.

The preparation of tea in Japan is taken very seriously in Japan, making the use of traditional Japanese teapots essential to the task of preparing and enjoying tea. Everything from the quality of the tea leaves to the material of the teapots and the shape and look of the teacups are considered in order to elevate one’s experience in drinking tea with another person.

The Japanese tea ceremony, also known as the "Way of Tea," is a practice in which matcha tea is served with significant attention to detail, including the teapot. This ritual has its roots in Buddhism, but later became a status symbol and, even later, a meditative and artistic practice in accordance with the Japanese Zen wabi-sabi principles.


Quick Facts

  • Tea ceremonies are usually performed in a room that is covered with tatami mats. The kind of tea one receives as well as the arrangement of the tatami mats are all considered in response to the changing of seasons
  • The ideal Japanese teapot is unglazed and made of clay with a high mineral content. This clay will not only accentuate the taste of the tea but also absorb the tea's flavors. This leads to an increased complexity of flavors over time
  • In drinking matcha tea, there are at least five different components of the tea set. There is the chawan or tea bowl which is carefully and uniquely made, a cloth to wipe the chawan, a whisk to mix in the matcha powder with water, a scoop for the powder, and a caddy to carry the powder

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Japanese Sterling Silver 950 EP Tea & Coffee Service
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Sterling Silver 950 EP Tea & Coffee Service
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Stylized Japanese Porcelain Teapot
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Est: $200- $400
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Est: $100- $150
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Antique Japanese Cloisonne Tea Caddy with Silver
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Japanese Cloisonne Tea Caddy with Silver
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Est: $150- $200
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Antique Japanese Yabu Meizan Miniature Teapot
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Japanese Yabu Meizan Miniature Teapot
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
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Exceptional Vintage Oriental Okimono Artist Signed Ceremonial Teapot
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Exceptional Vintage Oriental Okimono Artist Signed Ceremonial Teapot
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Est: $10- $1,000
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(6) SAMURAI SHOKAI STERLING DRAGON TEA SERVICE
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
(6) SAMURAI SHOKAI STERLING DRAGON TEA SERVICE
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Est: $6,000- $10,000
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A Japanese silver dragon tea service
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A Japanese silver dragon tea service
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Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,2501 Bid
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A Japanese Bisansha export silver coffee and tea service
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
A Japanese Bisansha export silver coffee and tea service
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $5,000- $7,000
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Japanese Porcelain Tea Sets
Dec 16, 11:00 AM PST
Japanese Porcelain Tea Sets
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Est: $50- $60
$201 Bid
A Japanese Silver Gilt Teapot Showa Period 1926-1989
Nov 30, 10:00 AM SGT
A Japanese Silver Gilt Teapot Showa Period 1926-1989
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1,0000 Bids
A Japanese Silver Teapot with Jinyitang Mark
Nov 30, 10:00 AM SGT
A Japanese Silver Teapot with Jinyitang Mark
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $1,000- $2,400
$1,0000 Bids
A Japanese Silver Teapot
Nov 30, 10:00 AM SGT
A Japanese Silver Teapot
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1,0000 Bids
A Japanese Silver Teapot Showa Period 1926-1989
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A Japanese Silver Teapot Showa Period 1926-1989
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $1,000- $2,500
$1,0000 Bids
A Japanese Silver Gilt Teapot Showa Period 1926-1989
Nov 30, 10:00 AM SGT
A Japanese Silver Gilt Teapot Showa Period 1926-1989
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1,0000 Bids
A Japanese Silver Teapot
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A Japanese Silver Teapot
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,5000 Bids
A Japanese Silver Teapot Showa Period 1926-1989
Nov 30, 10:00 AM SGT
A Japanese Silver Teapot Showa Period 1926-1989
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1,0000 Bids
JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD GILT SILVER CAST AND CARVED TEAPOT
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD GILT SILVER CAST AND CARVED TEAPOT
by Mega International Auction
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$2,0000 Bids
JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD GILT SILVER CAST AND CARVED TEAPOT
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD GILT SILVER CAST AND CARVED TEAPOT
by Mega International Auction
Est: $2,000- $2,500
$1,8000 Bids
JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD GILT SILVER CAST AND CARVED TEAPOT
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
JAPANESE SHOWA PERIOD GILT SILVER CAST AND CARVED TEAPOT
by Mega International Auction
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$2,0000 Bids
A Japanese Silver Gilt Teapot
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A Japanese Silver Gilt Teapot
by SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.
Est: $1,000- $2,500
$1,0000 Bids
A MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL 'TEA FOR TWO' SERVICE WITH RECTANGULAR TRAY
Nov 30, 9:30 AM GMT
A MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE CLOISONNE ENAMEL 'TEA FOR TWO' SERVICE WITH RECTANGULAR TRAY
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Est: £200- £300
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Antique Japanese pewter teapot warmer with calligraphy and landscape, Japan
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
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A Japanese cast iron Tetsubin tea kettle
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A Japanese cast iron Tetsubin tea kettle
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SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION PTE LTD.

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Wealthier Art & Auction

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