The history of earthenware in China can be traced from as early as the Palaeolithic era, and are today regarded as one of the most significant forms of Chinese art. As they developed over their long history from basic pottery to stoneware and finally the fine ceramics we see today, the artform has become so highly regarded around the world the ‘porcelain’ used in its manufacture is still referred to as "china" as a common descriptor.
The prominence of porcelain tea sets shares its history with tea itself. When the discovery of tea as we know it today was made during Han Dynasty 2000 years ago, it was accompanied by early vessels from which it was poured and sipped. Made from porcelain, the tea sets can be generally divided into northern and southern styles, with subtle colour variations originating from the contrasting geology of the two regions.
This distinction gave northern porcelain a distinctive white colour, and those originating in the southern regions a subtle shade of light blue. Along with these distinctions, in traditional tea sets there are no tea pots as the Chinese tea drinkers drank only the leaves, herbs, and flowers steeped in water.
The renowned Chun Feng Xiang Yu workshop in Jingdezhen is regarded as one of the finest producers of porcelain in the world today.
Due to the fine craftsmanship of its wares, unmatched pigmentation, colouring, and artfully painted patterns, its collection of porcelain is sought-after by collectors and the value of have continuously risen in recent years.
Along with a collection of ceramics and stoneware in the form of classical Chinese tea sets, traditional bowls and vases that reflect various styles and dynasties, SUNZEN also features a wide range of wares from the renowned Chun Feng Xiang Yu Workshop.
Beast-eared flat bottle: The blue-and-white porcelains made by imperial kilns in Qianlong period are different from the quiet and beautiful blue-and-whites in Kangxi period, and also distinguished from the elegant blue-and-white in Yongzheng period. This ware is in an oblate shape, with drooped abdomen and outward extended oval foot. Its mouth edge is painted with the interlock branch pattern, and its head is decorated with as-you-wish-shaped cloud, sea water and interlock branch patterns; on the two sides of the abdomen, with the interlock branch lotus pattern as the background, there are four spaces in oval, inside of which twisted-branch and flower-and-fruit pattern is painted; the foot is decorated with the interlock branch lotus pattern and sea water pattern. With a thick and dense body, simple style, grand ware shape, bright and mild glaze, vivid blue-and-white, ruled painting technique, strict and meticulous composition, this bottle gives full expression to the style favored by royal families.Read More
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