Monday, 5 August 2013

Grobular teapot with overhead handle

Teapot with top handle is interesting to use. The overhead handle ensures that you have a proper grip on the teapot when serving tea. The only problem is when you need to remove the spent tea leaves, the handle is always seems to be obstructing the removal of tea leaves. Other than that, it is a superb design and potters are especially keen to make such teapots. The overhead design in teapot is thought to be a created by a poet who lived during the Song Dynasty Su Tongpo, the so-called Tongpo overhanging teapot.

Alans Museom has in its collection two unique globular teapots with overhead handle. They were made by Tan Juewei of the Yixing factory in the early 1980s.
Tan Juewei's overhanging teapot

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