Teaware

Teaware includes the many objects associated with tea drinking: large and small tea pots made from a range of materials, including porcelain, clay and metal as well as tea cups, tea sets and other accessories. Since tea has long been part of Asian life and culture, different types and forms of these vessels have proliferated and become famous and respected worldwide. In China and Japan, small porcelain teapots, especially in the shape cats with a raised paws, were extremely popular in the 19-20th centuries as they were made for servings in a single sitting. Chinese Yixing pots with the unique mineral composition of their interior coatings enhance their heat retention and air permeability which allows the clay absorb tea flavors that are imparted to each brewing. The iron in Japanese Tetsuban (cast iron pots) seeps into the boiled water, which is said to give a smoother and fuller taste. The VA collection features antique/vintage teapots in these categories which, although beautiful and collectible, are recommend only for display and not functional use.

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  • Antique Cast Iron Tea Kettle (Tetsubin) Galloping Horses, Japan (4153BKE) $695

    $695.00
    H: 12.5”  W: 10”  D: 9.5” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This large Meiji hand-made Japanese cast iron tetsubin tea kettle with a lid with a lotus bud, ornamental top handle, and curved pouring spout was for boiling and pouring water to brew tea for Japanese tea ceremonies.  The simplicity of its form combined with its elegant raised galloping horse design is perfect for warming up kitchens of any style. 

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  • Antique Cast Iron Tea Kettle (Tetsubin) with Temple Shrine on Lid (1799JOK) $295

    $295.00
    H: 8.625”  W: 7.5”  D: 6.5” | FREE SHIPPING

    Japanese cast iron tetsubin teapots like this have traditionally been used to boil water for the Japanese Tea Ceremony. With its large handle, rounded shape, pitted surface and rare ornamental temple-shaped knob it would enhance any kitchen and be a wonderful gift of any tea lover.

  • Antique Cast Iron Tear Kettle (Tetsubin) Lotus Knob, Japan (2007TOK) $295

    $325.00
    H: 8.625″  W: 7.5″  D: 6.5″  | FREE SHIPPING!

    Japanese cast iron Tetsubin tea kettles have been prized for their health benefits and zen simplicity since they were introduced 400 years ago. This elegant antique  kettle has a scalloped top, curved handle and contrasting textures and simple designs on its lid with a lotus shaped knob. This kettle would enhance any kitchen décor and be a wonderful gift for any tea lover.

  • Antique Enamel Yixing Stoneware Teapot, China (1152B-PAR) $365

    $365.00
    H: 2.375″    W: 6.25 ”    D:  4 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

    This delicate antique Yixing teapot is unusually shaped with a  loop handle, short spout, flaring rim, small flat cover and small loops below its rim that indicate it may have been used to suspend oil or soy sauce rather than serve tea. Its charm is enhanced by its free hand-painted colored enamels with circular panels containing fanciful and bright floral and leaf decorations.

  • Antique Enameled Yixing Stoneware Teapot, China (1152A-PAR) $365

    $365.00
    H: 2.625”  W: 6.125”  D: 4” | FREE SHIPPING

    This delicate antique Yixing teapot is unusually shaped with a  loop handle, short spout, flaring rim, small flat cover and small loops below its rim that indicate it may have been used to suspend oil or soy sauce rather than serve tea. Its charm is enhanced by its free hand-painted colored enamels with circular panels containing fanciful and bright floral and leaf decorations.

  • Antique Porcelain Cat Teapot, China (16944B-TLE) $145

    $145.00

    This charming antique white glazed porcelain figurine is a cat teapot with a raised paw with removable head for pouring liquid into the vessel and long sinuous tail as a handle to pour liquid from the opening at the end of the paw. The hand painted design is whimsical and colorful with a thin ribbon-like blue collar and a dangling ornamental bow with black accents defining the face, ears, head and paws.

     

  • Antique Shiwan Stoneware Tea Pourer, China (19445GOK), $395

    $395.00
    H: 9″. W: 8.375. D: 5.5″  | CALL/EMAIL FOR SHIPPING

    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. Finely designed, this hexagonal pot has a yoked rounded handle with spiral decorations that adds a delightful touch. The pieces are well known for their brilliant flambé—or flame-like quality – glazes such as apple green glaze of this pot.

     

  • Antique Signed Meiji Kyoware Small Teapot, Japan (1136BEM) $265

    $265.00
    H: 4”  W: 5.25”  D: 3.5” | FREE SHIPPING

    This refined traditional 19th century 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/Vintage Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (16944A-WLE) $135

    $135.00
    H: 5.5″    W: 3 ”    D: 3.375 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

    This charming white porcelain cat teapot has a removable head, a long sinuous tail  handle, and an opening at the end of its paw to serve tea. The hand painted design is whimsical and colorful featuring a thin ribbon-like gold collar and dangling ornamental bow and black accents and pink strokes that define the face, eyes, ears, head and paws.

  • Antique/Vintage Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (17022B-ZLK) $130

    $130.00
    H: 7”  W: 6.5”  D: 3.625” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This glazed white porcelain cat teapot with a raised paw, like most vessels in this genre, has a removable head, a long sinuous tail handle and a raised paw as a spout. The hand painted whimsical and colorful design includes a thin ribbon-like blue collar and an impressive dangling ornamental bow with black accents that define the face, ears, head and paws,
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  • Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (17022A-PLK) $135

    $135.00
    H: 6.5″    W: 6.5 ”    D: 3.5 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

    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.

  • Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (17022C-GLK) $135

    $135.00
    H: 7”  W: 7”  D: 3.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This charming white porcelain cat teapot with a raised paw has a removable head, a sinuous tail handle, a paw spout and a removable head . Beautifully hand-painted whimsical and colorful designs include a thin ribbon-like blue collar, an impressive dangling ornamental bow, and the black accents that define the face, ears, head and paws.

     

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