Antique collectors all over the world know this cup, its history and rarity. It is known as the Chenhua chicken-cup made during the Chenhua era of the Song dynasty. It is rare as they are less than ten pieces in the world today and most of them are in museums.
|A song dynasty Chenhua chicken cup|
Blue and white porcelains have its origin from the Yuan dynasty. The Yuan dynasty blue and white porcelains are very rare and there are only around 30 odd pieces in the world today, again mainly in museums. One of such blue and white jar from the Yuan dynasty was auction for over 230 millions RMB. The reasons for such a high value in these antiques: they have to be genuine, rare and in excellent conditions.
|230 million RMB for this Yuan dynasty jar|
Recently there is a craze to use blue and white pots and cups for tea brewing and drinking. Most of these porcelains are made in Jingdezeng following traditional methods. The porcelain pieces are specially crafted and hand-painted by professionals who spend long time to perfect the art of creating such porcelain pieces. They know that the customers are no longer happy to use those cheap mass produced pieces where the art work is printed on them. The blue and white pieces as produced by these young professionals are exquisitely created and hand-made to the highest quality. The art work is vivid and lively, and ideal for tea appreciation.
|This small cup was auctioned for 2k RMB|
|New porcelain pieces are being put up for auction|
|They do look like the genuine chenhua chicken-cups|
The blue and white porcelain pots and cups are glazed internally and externally. Unlike Yixing ware where the clay is porous and can trap tea fragrance, the porcelain ware does not trap tea fragrance over the years of usage. So you do not have to use one pot for one type of tea. That can be tremendous saving if you drink different types of tea.
So why not invest in some good blue and white or under-glazed ware for your tea brewing and appreciation. There are a lot of different varieties in terms of art work and type of glaze. You will a hard time selecting the one that best suit your taste.