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Teapot and lid

Teapot and lid

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)
    Yixing (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shao, Jingnan (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, thrown, hand-built, carving

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 38, shelf 2 []

‘Purple clay’ teapots from Yixing have long been prized in the belief that they enhance
the aroma of the tea.

Physical description

Teapot and lid, one of a pair. Teapot of globular form and of the type described in Chinese as having a shui ping (water level): the mouthrim, the tip of the spout and the top of the handle are all flush when the body of the teapot is placed upside down on a flat surface. Domed lid surmounted with a flattened globular knob. Made of finely-potted reddish brown clay, slightly burnished on the outside; the mark where the base section was joined to the body, and some paddle marks inside, are visible. The exterior incised with lines from a poem by the Tang-dynasty poet Du Fu, followed by the name Liupei, the studio name of Shao Jingnan.

Place of Origin

China (made)
Yixing (made)


ca. 1825 (made)


Shao, Jingnan (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, thrown, hand-built, carving

Marks and inscriptions

天上秋期近 人間月影清
Tianshang qiuqi jin, renjian yueying qing
Couplet from poem by Du Fu


Shao Jingnan yin
Seal of Shao Jingnan
On base


Height: 5.5 cm with lid, Width: 12.o cm

Object history note

Bought at £289.90 for the pair [FE.1&A, 1B&C-1984]

Descriptive line

Teapot and lid, unglazed red stoneware, made by Shao Jingnan, incised with poem, Yixing ware, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1825

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lo, Guixiang The stonewares of Yixing, London; Hong Kong : New York, NY : Sotheby's Publications; Hong Kong University Press, 1986.

Production Note





Hand-built; Hand carving


Ceramics; Stoneware; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


East Asia Collection

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