Tea is the third most consumed beverage after water and coffee produced by steeping young leaves and buds of the plant, Camellia sinensis in boiled water. The two main varieties are the small-leaved China plant sinensis and the large-leaved Assam plant. According to legend, Shen Nong discovered tea in 2737 BCE sitting under a tree while his servant boiled drinking water and leaves fell into the water. In another version. Bodhidharma, the sixth century Indian monk who brought Buddhism to China is also credited with discovering tea. After nine years facing a cave wall in meditation he became furious when he could not stay awake longer and ripped off his eyelids which fell to the ground and became tea plants. Consumption of tea has given rise to a variety of tea traditions and accoutrements across the world including a wide array of.charming teapots and other accessories.

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  • Antique Blue and White Porcelain Miniature Ewer, China


    This charming miniature ewer or small pitcher was made during the Tongzhi Period and probably used in a restaurant or home kitchen as a dispenser for soy sauce, oils or other liquids. Likely from a provincial area, the spout and handle are elegantly curved. The thick cobalt blue designs are set on a spotted grey ground with a chrysanthemum on each side and abstract plantain curved vertical leaf designs below. There are also bindweed vines on both sides, neck and lid and the oval above the flower. The lid’s underside is unglazed and has a lotus shaped bud atop for lifting, and the inside and lid’s underside has century old stains from soy, dried oil or other dark liquids attesting to its age and use. It is in good condition with some chips, discoloration and spotting consistent with its age and use. The bottom has a Chinese antique export seal.

  • Antique Blue and White Porcelain Miniature Teapot, China


    This elegantly shaped small teapot has finely painted cobalt blue chrysanthemum and bindweed designs in the center and upper registers and plantain leaf designs at the bottom, popular underglaze design elements were widely used in late 19th century in domestic and export wares. Below the short neck is a chain of roundels with nineteen spirals, and the lid is covered with bindweed and wave designs, the latter indicating a sea or lake. The lid is topped by a ball handle topped with a four-line star and the bottom has an abstract plantain leaf design. It is in very good condition with two small chips on the lid and a small chip on the end of the spout. The inside has been stained by more than a century of tea brewing.

  • Antique Enameled Yixing Stoneware Teapot, China


    This delicate and very rare antique Yixing teapot is unusually shaped with a circular loop handle, short spout, flaring rim and small flat cover with a round finial. The four small loops/lugs below its rim to suspend it indicate it may have been used for oil or soy sauce rather than tea. Decorated with free hand-painted colored enamels, it has six raised circular panels around the body each containing fanciful and bright floral and leaf decorations on white and yellow backgrounds. This pairs well with Yixing Stoneware Pot 1152B.

  • Antique Large Lohan, Probably Bodhidharma, China


    This beautifully crafted and rare antique 17-18th century Ming/Qing image portrays the heavily bearded Lohan Bodhidharma. Since it is similar to the Large Lohan with Hands in Reverence (16436A) in size, style and comparable robes, it is likely they both were part of the same group at the same religious site and carved by the same artist. Both images are brilliant in the treatment of physiognomy especially in the bone structure and facial features – his deeply and realistically carved beard and eyebrows and elaborate natural drapery of the robes. He is clearly non-Chinese and wears Lohans robes with the ceremonial shoulder ring. The hands are covered by long sleeves, eyes  lowered in deep meditation, and the head is covered with a cowl over his shoulders on the carvings front and back. As seen in the back, the statue was originally covered with red paint. The statue has a wonderful warm patina, is in excellent condition with much of the original red polychrome remaining, and some expected hairline cracks and paint losses due to its considerable age and use.  We feel strongly that both images should be displayed together as they were for centuries.



  • Antique Porcelain Cat Teapot, China


    This charming white porcelain cat teapot with a raised paw has a removable head for pouring liquid into the vessel and a sinuous tail handle to pour  liquid from the opening at the end of the paw. The beautifully hand-painted whimsical and colorful designs include with a thin ribbon-like blue collar and an impressive dangling ornamental bow with black accents that define the face, ears, head and paws.


  • Antique Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic


    This charming porcelain a cat teapot with a raised paw has a removable head to pour liquid into the vessel and a long sinuous tail handle for pouring liquid  from the opening at the end of the paw. The design is whimsical and colorful with a thin green ribbon collar and an impressive dangling ornamental bow with black accents defining the face, ears and head.

  • Antique Shen Nong, Founder of Natural Medicine, China


    In this very large finely carved rare image Shen Nong is carved in the round sitting with his knee up, shoulders covered with leaves that drape down his back and a ribbon draped underneath his bared navel. His face is set in a benevolent smile, emphasized by stylized curls in his eyebrows and beard. He sits on clouds that surround the face of a mythical beast carved in the back of the image. The original red pigment is visible and he is in excellent condition and has been consecrated. This statue is extremely rate.

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    Antique Shiwan Ceramic Tea Pourer, China


    This very attractive antique green glazed teapot is typical of the stoneware pottery made in the Shiwan kilns in Guangdong during the 18-19th century. This hexagonal pot is finely designed with deep crevices at the joint of each facet, a  small curved spout and small round lid with fitted stopper, and a yoked rounded handle with spiral decorations that add a delightful touch.


  • Antique Signed Meiji Kiyomizu Small Teapot, Japan


    This refined traditional 19th century stoneware pottery teapot is a Kyūsu (急須) ware with a high handle mainly used for brewing green tea. Each Kyo piece is custom made and hand-painted. This small, striking teapot was fired to create a luminescent beige color with a crackled glaze resulting in a glowing radiance. It is decorated with red and blue chrysanthemums with green petals in a gold-painted woven basket, a lid with blue chrysanthemum topped by a ball with a hole to allow steam to escape. Production of Kyo ware is limited, making these pieces rare and highly collected throughout the world..

  • Antique Song Tile of Vase with Flowers, China


    This earthenware brick tile bordered with a deep scalloped frame depicts a vase with a bouquet of propitious flowers: a chrysanthemum and a peony wrapped with an elegant ribbon. Tiles like this were made to decorate the large numbers of buildings created during the prosperous Song dynasty and to adorn tombs. This elegant brick is in good condition for its age with expected chips and cracks, some restoration of background and a re-glued frame break on each side. It has earth adherents from its burial in a tomb.

  • Antique/Vintage Porcelain Cat Teapot, China


    This porcelain rotund cat teapot with a raised paw and a removable head for pouring liquid into the vessel. The long sinuous tail is a handle to pour tea from the opening at the end of the paw. He is whimsically and finely hand painted with colorful designs: blue for the ribbon-like collar, pink, green, black and blue accents on the face and head and green streaks on its coat and tail.

  • Antique/Vintage Porcelain Cat Teapot, China


    This charming porcelain cat teapot with a raised paw and removable head for pouring liquid in the vessel has a long sinuous tail handle to pour liquid from the opening at the end of the paw. The accents defining the face, ears, head and paws and the whimsical and colorful thin ribbon-like blue collar and dangling ornamental bow are beautifully hand-painted.

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