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Imitated Zheng Banqiao Calligraphy Purple Sand Teapot

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At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China, leaf infusion as we know it now became popular. The earliest examples of teapots come from this period, made from the zisha, or "purple" clay, of the YiXing region of China. Pottery in the YiXing tradition has been strong since the Sung Dynasty (960-1279); wares are valued for their fine texture, thin walls, and naturally beautiful coloration ranging from light buff to deep maroon tones. The transition from drinking bowls to teapots was a smooth one. YiXing teapots were, and still are, used to brew tea as well as act as the drinking vessel -- one sips directly from the spout of a single-serving pot. YiXing teapots gradually season, the unglazed clay absorbing the flavor of brewed tea, making them a favorite choice for tea lovers. The dissemination of YiXing teapots greatly influenced not only the forms of teapots found throughout the world, but also prompted the invention of hard-paste porcelain in the western worldZheng Xie(1693-1765), commonly known as Zheng Banqiao, was a painter from Jiangsu. He began life in poverty, but rose in the exam system to become a magistrate at Shandong. However after 12 years he became critical of the life of an official, he reportedly was criticized for building a shelter for the poor, and resigned. After that he expressed himself in art and became one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou. He was noted for his drawing of orchids, bamboo, and stones. In 1748 he briefly resumed an official career as "official calligrapher and painter" for the Qianlong emperor, but was fired in 1753 following a corruption charge.He was also a calligrapher who created a new calligraphy style influenced by his orchid drawings. Added to this he had an interest in literature and poetry. He preferred to write about ordinary people in a natural style.Material: Yi Xing Purple sandDimensions: 4"3/4Dx2"1/2HPreparation time: 2-3 working days
 
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