Rare Antique Yixing Teapot with Scene from Peking Opera, China (1148BKE) $975


H: 6”  W: 8.5”  D: 6.125” | FREE SHIPPING IN CONTINENTAL U.S.!

Yixing stoneware teapots are praised as the best in the world for tea infusion. This gorgeous, extremely rare antique teapot with  tight-fitting lid and elegant spout is finely decorated with a brown wash and hand applied bright painted enamel designs designs of a scene from the Peking opera Romance of Three Kingdoms. The   floral images are a wish for a long and healthy life, perfect metaphors for those sharing a fresh pot of tea with those they love. Kiln seals are impressed in the body, bottom and lid.


The enamel painted designs on the front of this Yixing teapot have recognizable symbols relating to a wish for long and healthy life. This scene from the Peking opera Romance of Three Kingdoms  romanticizes historical Han dynasty Three Kingdoms period events and includes symbolic images of the two bowing men on the left holding brooms and the one on the right holding a fan. In Chinese mythology, brooms sweep away fears, disease and evil and broom amulets are used for protection. One of the Eight Immortals Zhongli Quan always holds his emblem, a fan, which he waves over the dead to bring them back to life. Han’s fan (shan) is a symbol of longevity and also a verbal pun (homophone) for goodness and virtue (shan). The broom and fan here may also refer to Hanshan and Shide, Tang dynasty poets the emperor designated as Immortals of Harmony and Unity. Hanshan holds a fan while Shide holds a broom. The branch with a stylized chrysanthemum blossom on the rear also symbolizes longevity and is an appropriate design for tea ware as the Chinese drink chrysanthemum wine and tea for its health and life sustaining properties. The Chinese characters in the white band between them are “Happiness and Health.” Yixing stoneware teapots with their distinctive reddish washes are considered finest tea ware as they have special minerals in the clay that absorb and retain tea flavors with each infusion and add extra flavor and aroma. The the teapot’s fine construction also retains heat. First made during the Ming dynasty, Yixing tea ware, pouring vessels, and their distinctive reddish stoneware are praised as the best in the world. This Qing dynasty pot has seal marks on its body, lid and bottom indicating the maker and the kiln. As with all antiques, we recommend using them for decorative and collecting purposes only.



Additional information

Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 15.24cm W: 21.59cm D: 15.55cm


2lbs 5oz

Item Number


Shipping Box Size


Excellent, age appropriate signs of wear