Gaiwan

A Gaiwan is a very traditional Chinese teaware used for steeping Chinese tea. The ‘San Cai’ Gaiwan consists of three parts: a bowl, a lid, and a saucer, while the ‘Er Cai’ features two components, which are the bowl and the lid. The bowl, typically crafted from porcelain or ceramic, can vary in size and shape according to the user’s preference. The lid, also made of porcelain or ceramic, rests atop the bowl. This allows the tea to steep while retaining its warmth. The saucer serves to hold the Gaiwan and to catch any spills or drips that might occur during pouring.

Gaiwans hold a significant place in Chinese tea ceremonies, standing as one of the most versatile and practical tea vessels. They are notably inclusive, accommodating a wide variety of teas, including green tea, black tea, oolong tea, and Pu-erh tea. Moreover, they are particularly adept at steeping high-quality, loose-leaf teas.

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                                        • Ruyi Jade White GaiwanRuyi Jade White Gaiwan Out of Stock
                                          $21.99

                                          This Gaiwan is light and thin, the rim of it is wide which is not easy to scald. It has a lustrous, translucent quality that gives it a unique and almost ethereal appearance.

                                          In terms of design, white ceramic teaware is often kept simple and understated, allowing its natural beauty to shine through. Its clean lines and minimalist style can create a sense of calm and tranquillity, making it the perfect choice for those who wish to fully immerse themselves in the tea-drinking experience.

                                        • Apricot White Hexagon GaiwanApricot White Hexagon Gaiwan
                                          $33.99

                                          This hexagonal Gaiwan presents smooth lines at every corner, displaying an elegant shape. It is glazed with a warm and soft apricot white colour, making the entire Gaiwan warm and soft. The glazed surface is as smooth as silk, tempting people to touch its polished surface. The overall shape of the Gaiwan is simple yet elegant, making people want to taste a warm cup of tea and enjoy a peaceful moment.

                                        • Hand Painted Begonia Thin GaiwanHand Painted Begonia Thin Gaiwan
                                          $48.99

                                          This thin hand-painted Gaiwan is as transparent as jade, adorned with a traditional Chinese pattern – the peony, which represents happiness and contentment. The design of the lipped mouth extends the curvature of the lid, making it less likely to scald one’s hand during use.

                                          The glossy glazed surface of this Gaiwan and its fine and delicate texture exudes a peaceful and gentle sensation. The hand-painted colourful pattern is vivid and lifelike, making it the perfect companion for daily tea drinking.

                                        • Hand Painted Cyan Tail Grass Sancai GaiwanHand Painted Cyan Tail Grass Sancai Gaiwan Out of Stock
                                          $34.99

                                          This three-cup cover is hand-painted and baked at high temperature. The entire cover is presented in an elegant antique blue colour.

                                          The antique blue glaze is a treasure in the traditional porcelain-making craft of the Han ethnic group and is most distinctive in the Song Dynasty. It is mainly composed of “iron” as the colouring element, and under the high-temperature reduction flame conditions, it presents a series of blue and green colours of varying depths, showing a strong Song-style charm.

                                          The glaze is smooth and lustrous, adding a touch of brilliance to your tea ceremony.

                                        • Hand Painted Hydrangea GaiwanHand Painted Hydrangea Gaiwan Out of Stock
                                          $36.99

                                          This hand-painted hydrangea flower Gaiwan is made with an antique blue glaze as its base combined with an antique blue underglaze colour craft.

                                          The antique blue glaze is a treasure in the traditional porcelain-making craft of the Han ethnic group and is most distinctive in the Song Dynasty. It is mainly composed of “iron” as the colouring element, and under the high-temperature reduction flame conditions, it presents a series of blue and green colours of varying depths, showing a strong Song-style charm.

                                        • Handwriting Jade White Sancai GaiwanHandwriting Jade White Sancai Gaiwan
                                          $49.99

                                          Porcelain with jade-white glaze, presenting a warm and smooth texture like jade and silk. As for its colour, the porcelain usually appears in a light creamy white, which, under the light, exhibits a slight transparency. The handwritten poetry adds a literary charm to this Gaiwan. Its clean lines and minimalist style can create a sense of calm and tranquillity. This beautiful Gaiwan even without tea inside, can enhance the home’s elegant atmosphere simply by being just displayed on a shelf. It is a perfect choice for those who wish to fully immerse themselves in the tea-drinking experience.

                                        • Hand Painted Chanzhi Lian Flat Bottom GaiwanHand Painted Chanzhi Lian Flat Bottom Gaiwan
                                          $769.99

                                          The style of this super beautiful Gaiwan is Ming, using the underglaze blue technique, and entirely handcrafted and hand painted. The pattern features the classic design of intertwining lotus branches (Chanzhi Lian).

                                          Chanzhi Lian, also known as ‘intertwining lotus branches’ or ‘Interlock Branch Lotus’, is a Chinese decorative motif with the symbolism of “flowers within flowers, blossoms within leaves.” It is also referred to as the “Wanshou Teng,” representing auspiciousness and longevity due to its continuous and interconnected structure, symbolizing the concept of “endless vitality.” In addition, in traditional Chinese Confucian culture, the lotus is seen as the embodiment of truth, goodness, and beauty, as well as a symbol of Buddhism. The pronunciation of “Lian” is similar to the word “continuous” in Chinese, further expressing the idea of continuous growth and conveying positive wishes and emotions.

                                          As part of Chinese traditional ornamentation, Chanzhi Lian has been passed down through generations, reflecting its own beauty and cultural significance with a unique artistic charm. The lotus possesses a sacred and pure temperament, being beautiful without being ostentatious and magnificent without being vulgar. It is precisely because of this aesthetic appeal that Chanzhi Lian has become a decorative pattern applied to various aspects of life.

                                          The Ruyi motifs on the outside of this flat-bottom Gaiwan also carry auspicious meanings. The Ruyi symbolizes auspiciousness and good fortune. Its rounded and flawless form embodies blessings, satisfaction, and wishes fulfilled. Underneath its graceful appearance, it holds profound significance, representing the auspicious and delightful ideals of good fortune and contentment.

                                          In addition, the beautiful tin spots on the porcelain add even more unique charm to it. The formation of tin spots is due to the high content of iron elements in local parts of the blue pigment. After reaching saturation in the high-temperature glaze solution and cooling down, the iron elements in the supersaturated part start to precipitate. If the iron content of the blue pigment is higher and the cooling rate is appropriate, tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware.

                                          In addition to firing and materials, the formation of tin spots also involves the factor of glaze material. During the painting process, tin spots can also be formed due to the accumulation of blue pigment. Tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware at the intersections and the starting and ending points of brushstrokes. The formation of tin spots can be said to be a natural creation or an artificial decoration. This tin glazes not only add a rustic texture to the Gaiwan but also imbue it with a unique sense of history.

                                          The delicate brushstrokes and intricate detailing of the painting on this Gaiwan create a distinct sense of aesthetic appeal. The stunning underglaze blue, along with the heavy tin glaze, gives it a bold and intense beauty. This Gaiwan exudes a simple yet luxuriant charm, reminiscent of the style of imitation Ming, making it truly captivating and irresistible.

                                        • Hand Painted Antique Clay Glaze Bamboo GaiwanHand Painted Antique Clay Glaze Bamboo Gaiwan
                                          $113.99

                                          This Gaiwan is made with antique clay glaze, which gives it a smooth and lustrous surface, as well as a thick and sturdy body, evoking a sense of ancient elegance, tranquillity, and warmth. The hand-painted strokes are lively and natural, depicting the bamboo forest and rocks with lifelike accuracy.

                                          The Chinese bamboo forest and rocks have profound symbolic meanings in culture and art. The bamboo forest symbolizes resilience and humility. Bamboo is known for its strong vitality and flexible nature, able to withstand harsh winters and remain upright. This characteristic has made bamboo a symbol of traditional virtues in China, including perseverance, resilience in adversity, and modesty. Additionally, the bamboo forest is often seen as a place of seclusion, representing the pursuit of inner freedom and tranquillity. Rocks, on the other hand, symbolize stability and steadfastness. In Chinese art, rocks are frequently depicted as rugged, majestic, and serene. They represent the eternal and unchanging aspects of the natural world, as well as the values of determination and stability that people strive for in life. Rocks are also seen as symbols of wisdom and longevity, standing tall and unwavering despite the passage of time.

                                          Furthermore, the Gaiwan is crafted using the overglaze colour painting craft, which produces pure, vibrant, and full colours. Since Gaiwan is hand-painted by an artist, every piece is unique and machine-printed decals cannot be compared with.

                                        • Hand Painted Antique Clay Glaze Goji GaiwanHand Painted Antique Clay Glaze Goji Gaiwan
                                          $109.99

                                          This Gaiwan is made with antique clay glaze, which gives it a smooth and lustrous surface, as well as a thick and sturdy body, evoking a sense of ancient elegance, tranquillity, and warmth. The hand-painted pictures are lively and natural, depicting the goji berries with lifelike accuracy.

                                          Goji berries, a small orange-red fruit with a long history in China, symbolize auspiciousness and happiness. The elongated fruits of goji berries are fiery red in color, hence in China, goji berries are regarded as a symbol of celebration and joy. The fiery red goji berries represent good luck and signify a life filled with prosperity and vitality.

                                          Furthermore, the Gaiwan is crafted using the overglaze colour painting craft, which produces pure, vibrant, and full colours. Since Gaiwan is hand-painted by an artist, every piece is unique and machine-printed decals cannot compare with.

                                        • Hand Painted Bao Xiang Gaiwan SetHand Painted Bao Xiang Gaiwan Set
                                          $199.99

                                          This Gaiwan is completely handmade and hand-painted. The pattern featured is called “Bao Xiang” in Chinese, which is a traditional decorative motif representing one of the auspicious three treasures (Bao Xiang flower, Money tree, and Treasure basin), prevalent during the Sui and Tang dynasties in China. Bao Xiang pattern is also known as ‘Bao Xian Hua’ or ‘Bao Lian Hua’. Its lines are clear, and the colour is serene and antique. The Bao Xiang pattern design of this teaware is neat, and complex but not messy, and the whole picture of it is full and rich in details.

                                          In Chinese culture, the Bao Xiang pattern symbolizes auspiciousness and happiness, representing people’s aspirations for happiness. It is widely popular in the decoration of silk brocade, bronze mirrors, and porcelain, showcasing people’s pursuit of a better life.

                                          This Gaiwan features smooth and concise curves, combining the unique beauty of the Bao Xiang pattern, creating a visually appealing and enjoyable tea-drinking experience.

                                        • Hand Painted Bao Xiang Gaiwan Set - LotusHand Painted Bao Xiang Gaiwan Set - Lotus
                                          $259.99

                                          This Gaiwan is completely handmade and hand-painted. The pattern featured is called “Bao Xiang” in Chinese, which is a traditional decorative motif representing one of the auspicious three treasures (Bao Xiang flower, Money tree, and Treasure basin), prevalent during the Sui and Tang dynasties in China. Bao Xiang pattern is also known as ‘Bao Xian Hua’ or ‘Bao Lian Hua’. Its lines are clear, and the colour is serene and antique. The Bao Xiang pattern design of this teaware is neat, and complex but not messy, and the whole picture of it is full and rich in details.

                                          In Chinese culture, the Bao Xiang pattern symbolizes auspiciousness and happiness, representing people’s aspirations for happiness. It is widely popular in the decoration of silk brocade, bronze mirrors, and porcelain, showcasing people’s pursuit of a better life.

                                          This Gaiwan features smooth and concise curves, combining the unique beauty of the Bao Xiang pattern, creating a visually appealing and enjoyable tea-drinking experience.

                                        • Hand painted Chanzhi Lian GaiwanHand painted Chanzhi Lian Gaiwan
                                          $899.99

                                          The style of this super beautiful Gaiwan is Ming, using the underglaze blue technique, and entirely handcrafted and hand painted. The pattern features the classic design of intertwining lotus branches (Chanzhi Lian).

                                          Chanzhi Lian, also known as ‘intertwining lotus branches’ or ‘Interlock Branch Lotus’, is a Chinese decorative motif with the symbolism of “flowers within flowers, blossoms within leaves.” It is also referred to as the “Wanshou Teng,” representing auspiciousness and longevity due to its continuous and interconnected structure, symbolizing the concept of “endless vitality.” In addition, in traditional Chinese Confucian culture, the lotus is seen as the embodiment of truth, goodness, and beauty, as well as a symbol of Buddhism. The pronunciation of “Lian” is similar to the word “continuous” in Chinese, further expressing the idea of continuous growth and conveying positive wishes and emotions.

                                          As part of Chinese traditional ornamentation, Chanzhi Lian has been passed down through generations, reflecting its own beauty and cultural significance with a unique artistic charm. The lotus possesses a sacred and pure temperament, being beautiful without being ostentatious and magnificent without being vulgar. It is precisely because of this aesthetic appeal that Chanzhi Lian has become a decorative pattern applied to various aspects of life.

                                          In addition, the beautiful tin spots on the porcelain add even more unique charm to it. The formation of tin spots is due to the high content of iron elements in local parts of the blue pigment. After reaching saturation in the high-temperature glaze solution and cooling down, the iron elements in the supersaturated part start to precipitate. If the iron content of the blue pigment is higher and the cooling rate is appropriate, tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware.

                                          In addition to firing and materials, the formation of tin spots also involves the factor of glaze material. During the painting process, tin spots can also be formed due to the accumulation of blue pigment. Tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware at the intersections and the starting and ending points of brushstrokes. The formation of tin spots can be said to be a natural creation or an artificial decoration. This tin glazes not only add a rustic texture to the Gaiwan but also imbue it with a unique sense of history.

                                          The delicate brushstrokes and intricate detailing of the painting on this Gaiwan create a distinct sense of aesthetic appeal. The soft and elegant shade of underglaze blue, along with a hint of faint tin glaze, gives it a graceful and ethereal beauty under the light. This Gaiwan exudes a simple yet elegant charm, reminiscent of the style of imitation Ming, making it truly captivating and irresistible.

                                        • Hand Painted Dou Cai Pi Qiu Hua GaiwanHand Painted Dou Cai Pi Qiu Hua Gaiwan
                                          $339.99

                                          This small and delicate Dou Cai Pi Qiu Hua Gaiwan is meticulously crafted with the technique of clashing colour.

                                          As we all know, Doucai is a precious art form in traditional Chinese porcelain craftsmanship. It originated and was fired during the Xuande period of the Ming Dynasty, and Dou Cai from the Chenghua period of the Ming Dynasty is highly esteemed. Dou Cai is a type of decoration that combines underglaze blue (qinghua) and overglaze colour painting.

                                          Dou Cai involves applying mineral pigments onto the previously fired underglaze blue porcelain, filling in the gaps left by the underglaze blue patterns and colouring the space within the outline of the underglaze blue design. The porcelain is then fired in a lower-temperature kiln (800°C). Dou Cai is renowned for its vibrant and varied colour palette, as well as its refined and sophisticated decorative style that reflects the aesthetic taste of the Ming Dynasty.

                                          The decorative pattern of Pi Qiu Hua (皮球花), also known as little tuan hua (小团花) or embroidery ball flower, evolved from the traditional tuan hua pattern on porcelain. This pattern has been present since the Sui Dynasty, and it combines abstract and representational elements. It takes various forms, resembling a spherical shape, hence the name Pi Qiu Hua (皮球花).

                                          The decorative patterns on Chinese porcelain always carry auspicious meanings. Since the Pi Qiu Hua pattern originated from tuan hua, it inherits the traditional tuan hua motifs such as tuan long (团龙), tuan feng (团凤), and tuan hua (团花). These traditional motifs symbolize the abundance and beauty of life.

                                          This beautiful Gaiwan, with its vibrant colours and exquisite craftsmanship, is an eye-catching presence wherever it is placed. Imagine having a cup of spring tea by using this charming Gaiwan, it could be the most delightful experience for a day!

                                        • Hand Painted Enamel Butterfly Loves Flower GaiwanHand Painted Enamel Butterfly Loves Flower Gaiwan Out of Stock
                                          $999.99

                                          This Gaiwan is handcrafted using the technique of Blue-and-white underglaze colour and enamel glazed painting. The design features a pattern of butterflies amid flowers, displaying rich and lifelike colours, creating a unique and charming ambiance.

                                          Blue and White Enamel is a distinctive porcelain decoration technique that combines the traditional methods of blue and white with enamel. It is a variation of the traditional Chinese porcelain production, blending the characteristics of blue and white with enamel, resulting in a captivating and unique decorative style.

                                          Blue and White refers to the technique of painting blue patterns on the porcelain surface. It originated during the Yuan dynasty but reached its peak during the Ming and Qing dynasties. This decorative method uses cobalt oxide blue pigments that fuse with the porcelain surface at high temperatures, ensuring the patterns’ durability.

                                          Enamel, on the other hand, is a decorative technique that involves transplanting the cloisonné enamel method onto a porcelain body as an overglaze colour decoration. Enamel decoration on porcelain, known as “Fàlángcǎi” in Chinese, entails painting colourful patterns on the porcelain surface and then firing it at high temperatures to fuse the colours with the porcelain, achieving a durable and splendid design. These patterns often feature exquisite themes such as flowers, birds, figures, and landscapes, reflecting the essence of traditional Chinese culture and art.

                                          The process of creating enamel decorations is extremely intricate and complex, requiring skilled and experienced craftsmen. First, the porcelain prototype is made, and then special mineral pigments are used to paint patterns on its surface. Once the painting is completed, a series of firing processes follow, during which the temperature and timing for both the porcelain and the enamel colours are crucial factors. Improper temperature or timing can result in cracks in the porcelain or unstable colours. Enamel decoration is considered a treasure in traditional Chinese craftsmanship, representing the wisdom and skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

                                          The combination of blue and white enamel unites these two techniques, typically starting with the blue and white technique to depict blue patterns, and then applying enamel decoration to add additional colours and enhance the visual effect and three-dimensional sense of the design. This decorative method enriches the patterns on the porcelain while preserving the distinctive features of both blue and white and enamel techniques. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, blue and white enamel reached its peak and became one of the main styles for porcelain decoration at that time.

                                          The design of this Gaiwan showcases lifelike patterns of butterflies amid flowers. “Butterflies in Love with Flowers” symbolizes sweet love and blissful marriage. In recent times, people have endowed this motif with more profound meanings, expressing good wishes and symbolizing beautiful and prosperous love. Butterflies are often seen as symbols of happiness and love, inspiring and captivating people’s imagination, and aspirations. In traditional Chinese literature, a pair of flying butterflies represents the pursuit of free and passionate love. Butterflies are loyal to their mates, having only one partner throughout their lives, making them a symbol of fidelity in the insect world. Moreover, there is a beautiful Chinese folktale known as “The Butterfly Lovers,” which further enhances the symbolism of sweet love and harmonious marriage associated with the motif of butterflies and flowers.

                                          This enamel-decorated Gaiwan displays a rich and colourful palette, with lively and dynamic brushstrokes, immersing people in an elegant artistic ambiance while enjoying their tea.

                                        • Hand Painted Horseshoe Shaped Bao Xiang Gaiwan SetHand Painted Horseshoe Shaped Bao Xiang Gaiwan Set Out of Stock
                                          $259.99

                                          This Gaiwan is completely handmade and hand-painted. The special craft used in this teaware includes Blue and white underglaze colour and underglaze red. The special horseshoe-shaped design allows for easy handling and prevents becoming too hot to touch.

                                          The pattern featured is called “Bao Xiang” in Chinese, which is a traditional decorative motif representing one of the auspicious three treasures (Bao Xiang flower, Money tree, and Treasure basin), prevalent during the Sui and Tang dynasties in China. Bao Xiang pattern is also known as ‘Bao Xian Hua’ or ‘Bao Lian Hua’. Its lines are clear, and the colour is serene and antique. The Bao Xiang pattern design of this teaware is neat, and complex but not messy, and the whole picture of it is full and rich in details.

                                          In Chinese culture, the Bao Xiang pattern symbolizes auspiciousness and happiness, representing people’s aspirations for happiness. It is widely popular in the decoration of silk brocade, bronze mirrors, and porcelain, showcasing people’s pursuit of a better life.

                                          This Gaiwan features smooth and concise curves, combining the unique beauty of the Bao Xiang pattern, creating a visually appealing and enjoyable tea-drinking experience. The blue and red underglaze colours complement each other and create a beautiful radiance.

                                        • Hand Painted Lang Hong Enamel Dunhuang Gaiwan - Er CaiHand Painted Lang Hong Enamel Dunhuang Gaiwan - Er Cai
                                          $849.99
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                                          This Ercai Gaiwan is handcrafted using the technique of gold painting, Lang Hong colouring and enamel glazed paint. The pattern on its painting is Dunhuang-style, with vibrant and luxurious colours, exuding a sense of luxury and elegance.

                                          Gold painting, one of the decorative techniques, involves applying gold powder (gold dust) or bright gold (gold solution) on the porcelain surface to create intricate patterns or to complement other decorations such as borders or a golden background. Afterwards, the Gaiwan is fired at a low temperature to achieve the final finish. The lid, rim, and base of this Ercai Gaiwan are all embellished with intricate gold outlining craftsmanship.

                                          The patterns on this Gaiwan depict Dunhuang-style designs, layered and intricate, displaying a rich array of colours. Among them, the lotus pattern is the most used decorative motif in Dunhuang art. From the Northern Liang to the Yuan Dynasty, lotus flowers can be found in every cave of the Mogao Grottoes. In Buddhism, the lotus symbolizes purity and enlightenment. It is believed that one’s soul can attain rebirth through the lotus, leading to the blissful Western Pure Land. Within the Mogao Grottoes, lotus flowers adorn the background, embellishing figures of bodhisattvas and celestial beings, embodying the sacred and immaculate nature of Buddhas and bodhisattvas. Hence, the lotus is the quintessential flower representing Buddhism. Apart from the lotus, another significant motif is the honeysuckle, also known as Jin Hua (golden-silver flower).  It is an important decorative symbol in Dunhuang art, introduced alongside Buddhist art in China as a decorative floral theme.  The rise of honeysuckle patterns in China occurred nearly simultaneously with the spread of Buddhism.  Its extensive use in Buddhist decorations during the Northern Dynasties influenced secular ornamentation at that time.  Honeysuckle blooms during summer, transitioning from white to yellow after budding, shedding old leaves in late autumn, and promptly producing new leaves.  It endures even in the harshest winter conditions, quietly thriving in the wild with minimal requirements of water and soil.  As a result, the honeysuckle pattern found abundant application in Buddhist-related decorations, drawing from its persistent growth characteristics. Furthermore, the motif of the “Baoxiang Flower,” also known as Baoxianhua or Baolianhua, is another traditional auspicious pattern in Dunhuang decorations.  It is one of the auspicious Three Treasures and was prevalent during China’s Sui and Tang Dynasties.  The concept of “Baoxiang” originates from Buddhism, where it refers to a respectful term for Buddhist images.  The Baoxiang Flower represents an idealized form of purity, grace, and beauty.

                                          In addition to these captivating decorative patterns, the craftsmanship of Lang Hong ceramics is also deserving of praise. Firstly, the full name of Lang Hong is “Langyao Red,” also known as “Gem Red” or “Ox Blood Red.” It is one of the most vibrant colours in traditional Chinese precious copper red glazes. Lang Hong glaze is achieved by using copper as a colouring agent and firing it at a high temperature of 1300°C. Since copper elements easily evaporate at high temperatures, the range of colour expression is limited. The firing process demands strict control over the atmosphere and temperature, and the outcome is greatly affected by external factors, making it a highly challenging process to successfully produce Lang Hong ceramics. Lang Hong glaze boasts a smooth and translucent surface, resembling glass, with crackled patterns resembling cow hair texture.  The glaze exhibits a deep and vivid colour, resembling freshly congealed ox blood with its brilliant crimson hue, symbolizing auspiciousness, and wealth.  Revered as a “treasure among a thousand kilns,” the red-glazed porcelain of Lang Hong showcases a distinctive ethnic style, shining like a dazzling gem in the history of world ceramics.  The colour red, known for its auspiciousness and affluence, has elevated Lang Hong ceramics to a radiant and remarkable masterpiece in the realm of ceramic art.

                                          Enamel, on the other hand, is a decorative technique that involves transplanting the cloisonné enamel method onto a porcelain body as an overglaze colour decoration. Enamel decoration on porcelain, known as “Fàlángcǎi” in Chinese, entails painting colourful patterns on the porcelain surface and then firing it at high temperatures to fuse the colours with the porcelain, achieving a durable and splendid design. These patterns often feature exquisite themes such as flowers, birds, figures, and landscapes, reflecting the essence of traditional Chinese culture and art. The process of creating enamel decorations is extremely intricate and complex, requiring skilled and experienced craftsmen. First, the porcelain prototype is made, and then special mineral pigments are used to paint patterns on its surface. Once the painting is completed, a series of firing processes follow, during which the temperature and timing for both the porcelain and the enamel colours are crucial factors. Improper temperature or timing can result in cracks in the porcelain or unstable colours. Enamel decoration is considered a treasure in traditional Chinese craftsmanship, representing the wisdom and skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

                                          This Gaiwan showcases exquisite Lang Hong craftsmanship, with intricate and delicate Dunhuang patterns that carry profound symbolism.

                                        • Hand Painted Lang Hong Enamel Dunhuang Gaiwan - San CaiHand Painted Lang Hong Enamel Dunhuang Gaiwan - San Cai
                                          $999.99
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                                          This Sancai Gaiwan is handcrafted using the technique of gold painting, Lang Hong colouring and enamel glazed paint. The pattern on its painting is Dunhuang-style, with vibrant and luxurious colours, exuding a sense of luxury and elegance.

                                          Gold painting, one of the decorative techniques, involves applying gold powder (gold dust) or bright gold (gold solution) on the porcelain surface to create intricate patterns or to complement other decorations as borders or a golden background. Afterwards, the Gaiwan is fired at a low temperature to achieve the final finish. The gold painting craftsmanship is applied in multiple areas of this Sancai Gaiwan.

                                          The patterns on this Gaiwan depict Dunhuang-style designs, layered and intricate, displaying a rich array of colours. Among them, the lotus pattern is the most used decorative motif in Dunhuang art. From the Northern Liang to the Yuan Dynasty, lotus flowers can be found in every cave of the Mogao Grottoes. In Buddhism, the lotus symbolizes purity and enlightenment. It is believed that one’s soul can attain rebirth through the lotus, leading to the blissful Western Pure Land. Within the Mogao Grottoes, lotus flowers adorn the background, embellishing figures of bodhisattvas and celestial beings, embodying the sacred and immaculate nature of Buddhas and bodhisattvas. Hence, the lotus is the quintessential flower representing Buddhism. Apart from the lotus, another significant motif is the honeysuckle, also known as Jin Hua (golden-silver flower).  It is an important decorative symbol in Dunhuang art, introduced alongside Buddhist art in China as a decorative floral theme.  The rise of honeysuckle patterns in China occurred nearly simultaneously with the spread of Buddhism.  Its extensive use in Buddhist decorations during the Northern Dynasties influenced secular ornamentation at that time.  Honeysuckle blooms during summer, transitioning from white to yellow after budding, shedding old leaves in late autumn, and promptly producing new leaves.  It endures even in the harshest winter conditions, quietly thriving in the wild with minimal requirements of water and soil.  As a result, the honeysuckle pattern found abundant application in Buddhist-related decorations, drawing from its persistent growth characteristics. Furthermore, the motif of the “Baoxiang Flower,” also known as Baoxianhua or Baolianhua, is another traditional auspicious pattern in Dunhuang decorations.  It is one of the auspicious Three Treasures and was prevalent during China’s Sui and Tang Dynasties.  The concept of “Baoxiang” originates from Buddhism, where it refers to a respectful term for Buddhist images.  The Baoxiang Flower represents an idealized form of purity, grace, and beauty.

                                          In addition to these captivating decorative patterns, the craftsmanship of Lang Hong ceramics is also deserving of praise. Firstly, the full name of Lang Hong is “Langyao Red,” also known as “Gem Red” or “Ox Blood Red.” It is one of the most vibrant colours in traditional Chinese precious copper red glazes. Lang Hong glaze is achieved by using copper as a colouring agent and firing it at a high temperature of 1300°C. Since copper elements easily evaporate at high temperatures, the range of colour expression is limited. The firing process demands strict control over the atmosphere and temperature, and the outcome is greatly affected by external factors, making it a highly challenging process to successfully produce Lang Hong ceramics. Lang Hong glaze boasts a smooth and translucent surface, resembling glass, with crackled patterns resembling cow hair texture.  The glaze exhibits a deep and vivid colour, resembling freshly congealed ox blood with its brilliant crimson hue, symbolizing auspiciousness, and wealth.  Revered as a “treasure among a thousand kilns,” the red-glazed porcelain of Lang Hong showcases a distinctive ethnic style, shining like a dazzling gem in the history of world ceramics.  The colour red, known for its auspiciousness and affluence, has elevated Lang Hong ceramics to a radiant and remarkable masterpiece in the realm of ceramic art.

                                          Enamel, on the other hand, is a decorative technique that involves transplanting the cloisonné enamel method onto a porcelain body as an overglaze colour decoration. Enamel decoration on porcelain, known as “Fàlángcǎi” in Chinese, entails painting colourful patterns on the porcelain surface and then firing it at high temperatures to fuse the colours with the porcelain, achieving a durable and splendid design. These patterns often feature exquisite themes such as flowers, birds, figures, and landscapes, reflecting the essence of traditional Chinese culture and art. The process of creating enamel decorations is extremely intricate and complex, requiring skilled and experienced craftsmen. First, the porcelain prototype is made, and then special mineral pigments are used to paint patterns on its surface. Once the painting is completed, a series of firing processes follow, during which the temperature and timing for both the porcelain and the enamel colours are crucial factors. Improper temperature or timing can result in cracks in the porcelain or unstable colours. Enamel decoration is considered a treasure in traditional Chinese craftsmanship, representing the wisdom and skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

                                          This Sancai Gaiwan showcases exquisite Lang Hong craftsmanship, with intricate and delicate Dunhuang patterns that carry profound symbolism.

                                        • Hand Painted Lotus Ba Bao GaiwanHand Painted Lotus Ba Bao Gaiwan
                                          $749.99

                                          The style of this super beautiful Gaiwan is Ming, using the underglaze blue technique, and entirely handcrafted and hand painted. The pattern features very traditional Chinese patterns including intertwining lotus and ‘Ba Bao’.

                                          The “Ba Bao,” also known as the “Buddhist Eight Treasures” or “Eight Auspicious Treasures,” represent eight auspicious objects symbolizing the power of Buddhism. These symbols manifest through the perception of eight types of consciousness: eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, mind, intellect, and consciousness. They are depicted in various patterns and motifs as decorations in Buddhist art.

                                          During the Qing Dynasty, particularly during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, these eight auspicious symbols were transformed into three-dimensional display items. They were often placed together with ritual vessels in temples. The eight auspicious symbols are abbreviated as follows: Conch Shell, Dharma Wheel, Umbrella, Canopy, Lotus Flower, Vase, Fish, and Endless Knot.

                                          According to Buddhist beliefs, each of the “Eight Auspicious Symbols” has specific symbolic meanings:

                                          • Conch Shell: Represents the auspicious sound of the Dharma, spreading throughout the world as a symbol of good fortune.
                                          • Dharma Wheel: Signifies the endless cycle of Buddhist teachings, symbolizing the continuity of life.
                                          • Umbrella: Symbolizes protection and the ability to shield and safeguard all sentient beings.
                                          • Canopy: Represents the protection of the world and purification of the universe, symbolizing liberation from poverty and illness.
                                          • Lotus Flower: Symbolizes purity and divine birth, representing the rejection of contamination.
                                          • Vase: Represents the perfection of wisdom and fulfillment, symbolizing the achievement of success.
                                          • Fish: Symbolizes liveliness, health, and vitality, serving as a sign of good luck and warding off evil spirits.
                                          • Endless Knot: Represents the interconnectedness and endless nature of all things, symbolizing longevity, and a hundred years of life.

                                          The construction of these symbols focuses on using auspicious objects as the main decorative elements, with their forms often being symmetrical or balanced. Some are complemented by flowing ribbons, while others are placed on a lotus pedestal, creating a harmonious and coherent effect among the different auspicious treasures.

                                          During the Tang and Song Dynasties, the Eight Auspicious Symbols were introduced to the central plains with the spread of Tibetan Buddhism. By the Yuan Dynasty, they began to appear on silk, ceramics, gold, and silver items. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the application of the Eight Auspicious Symbols became even more widespread, involving lacquerware, furniture, architectural decorations, and other areas of craftsmanship.

                                          The delicate brushstrokes and intricate detailing of the painting on this Gaiwan create a distinct sense of aesthetic appeal. The soft and elegant shade of underglaze blue, along with a hint of faint tin glaze, gives it a graceful and ethereal beauty under the light. This Gaiwan exudes a simple yet elegant charm, reminiscent of the style of imitation Ming, making it truly captivating and irresistible.

                                        • Hand Painted Myriad Flowers GaiwanHand Painted Myriad Flowers Gaiwan
                                          $389.99

                                          This charming Gaiwan is using blue and white porcelain craftsmanship, made entirely by hand.

                                          The beautiful picture on the body of Gaiwan is called ‘Wan Hua’, also known as “myriad flowers,” “flowers on top of flowers,” or “adding flowers to enhance beauty,” is commonly depicted in the central area of the object. It often features large patterns of peonies, surrounded by various smaller floral patterns such as chrysanthemums, camellia, roses, lotuses, lilies, morning glories, and others. The intricate secondary patterns cover the entire surface, symbolizing the gathering of myriad flowers and representing prosperity and harmony.

                                          The delicate brushstrokes vividly outline the different flowers, creating a glossy and elegant appearance. The colours are rich and vibrant, giving the piece a sense of vivid and liveliness.

                                          Note: All are fully handmade, every Gaiwan can be slightly different.

                                        • Hand Painted Peony Tea SetHand Painted Peony Tea Set
                                          $429.99

                                          The style of this super beautiful Gaiwan is Ming, using the underglaze blue technique, and entirely handcrafted and hand painted. The pattern features the classic design of intertwining Peony branches.

                                          Peony, one of the beloved traditional patterns in our country, holds a special place in the hearts of the Chinese people with its lush and vibrant appearance and striking colors. As a symbol of our national spirit, it embodies the beautiful aspirations and good wishes for life, symbolizing the prosperity and longevity of the Chinese nation, with a history that stretches far into the past. The intertwined peony, known as “Wanshou Teng” or “Peony with Entwined Branches,” is a traditional auspicious pattern, that represents joyous occasions. Its continuous interlocking structure also conveys the meaning of “endless vitality” or “continuous growth.”

                                          In addition, the beautiful tin spots on the porcelain add even more unique charm to it. The formation of tin spots is due to the high content of iron elements in local parts of the blue pigment. After reaching saturation in the high-temperature glaze solution and cooling down, the iron elements in the supersaturated part start to precipitate. If the iron content of the blue pigment is higher and the cooling rate is appropriate, tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware.

                                          In addition to firing and materials, the formation of tin spots also involves the factor of glaze material. During the painting process, tin spots can also be formed due to the accumulation of blue pigment. Tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware at the intersections and the starting and ending points of brushstrokes. The formation of tin spots can be said to be a natural creation or an artificial decoration. This tin glazes not only add a rustic texture to the Gaiwan but also imbue it with a unique sense of history.

                                          This Gaiwan exudes a charming style reminiscent of imitating the essence of Yuan Dynasty tea sets.

                                        • Hand Painted Peony GaiwanHand Painted Peony Gaiwan
                                          $289.99

                                          This set is entirely handmade and hand-painted. The pattern features blooming peonies, which are one of the symbols in traditional Chinese culture, representing wealth, happiness, and prosperity, which makes it commonly used in various aspects of life in ancient China.

                                          The entire shape of it is smooth and lustrous, while the painting is vivid and ethereal. The exquisite blue and white peonies provide you with a unique visual enjoyment while you enjoy your tea.

                                        • Hand Painted Phoenix Chanzhi Lian GaiwanHand Painted Phoenix Chanzhi Lian Gaiwan
                                          $520.99

                                          This charming Gaiwan is using blue and white porcelain craftsmanship, made entirely by hand.

                                          One of the patterns depicts a pair of phoenixes. The phoenix, known as the “Fenghuang” in Chinese, is a mythical bird considered to be the king of all birds and a symbol of auspiciousness, beauty, and grace. It represents virtue, harmony, and the union of yin and yang. When depicted as a pair, the double phoenix symbolizes the ideal relationship between a male and a female. It represents the union of two exceptional individuals or the coming together of two extraordinary things. It signifies a harmonious and balanced partnership, whether in love, marriage, or any collaborative endeavour. The double phoenix is often associated with blessings, prosperity, and good fortune. It is believed to bring luck, happiness, and success, as well as symbolize marital bliss, loyalty, and everlasting love.

                                          Another pattern used on this Gaiwan is Chanzhi Lian. Chanzhi Lian, also known as “Interlock Branch Lotus,” is a Chinese decorative motif with the symbolism of “flowers within flowers, blossoms within leaves.” It is also referred to as the “Wanshou Teng,” representing auspiciousness and longevity due to its continuous and interconnected structure, symbolizing the concept of “endless vitality.” In addition, in traditional Chinese Confucian culture, the lotus is seen as the embodiment of truth, goodness, and beauty, as well as a symbol of Buddhism. The pronunciation of “Lian” is similar to the word “continuous” in Chinese, further expressing the idea of continuous growth and conveying positive wishes and emotions.

                                          As part of Chinese traditional ornamentation, Chanzhi Lian has been passed down through generations, reflecting its own beauty and cultural significance with a unique artistic charm. The lotus possesses a sacred and pure temperament, being beautiful without being ostentatious and magnificent without being vulgar. It is precisely because of this aesthetic appeal that Chanzhi Lian has become a decorative pattern applied to various aspects of life.

                                          The texture of this Gaiwan is delicate and smooth, and the painting is lively and lifelike. The entire production process is completed by hand, with every detail carefully designed and polished, giving this Gaiwan a unique artistic charm. This tea ware by imitating the shape and style of traditional Chinese tea ware, allowing people to appreciate the charm of traditional art and experience the flavour of history. The elegant lines, smooth curves, and delicate decorations present a sense of refined and harmonious beauty, allowing people to experience pleasure and artistic enjoyment while tasting tea.

                                        • Hand Painted Twin Lotus Gaiwan - ShortHand Painted Twin Lotus Gaiwan - Short
                                          $769.99
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                                          The style of this super beautiful Gaiwan is Ming, using the underglaze blue technique, and entirely handcrafted and hand painted. The pattern on the lid features a classic design of intertwining lotus branches (known as Chanzhi Lian), while the pattern on the body of Gaiwan showcases the traditional Chinese twin lotus motif. The design of the tall style with an outward-flared mouth extends the curvature of the Gaiwan, making it less likely to scald one’s hand during use. The short style, on the other hand, is delicate and compact, with a thicker body, suitable for tea drinkers with smaller hands.

                                          In ancient China, the twin lotus due to its symbolic meaning is regarded as the gentleman among flowers. It represents the finest specimen among lotus flowers and symbolises a harmonious and everlasting union. The twin lotus, with one stem and two blooms, epitomizes the notion of unity, shared roots, shared blessings, and shared existence. Besides that, in ancient literary works, the twin lotus is acclaimed as a symbol of love, conveying the message of marital harmony, happiness, and representing the tender affection between lovers. It is also associated with deep brotherly love, signifying profound emotional bonds between siblings. In folklore, the appearance of twin lotus is considered an auspicious sign of good fortune.

                                          In addition, the beautiful tin spots on the porcelain add even more unique charm to it. The formation of tin spots is due to the high content of iron elements in local parts of the blue pigment. After reaching saturation in the high-temperature glaze solution and cooling down, the iron elements in the supersaturated part start to precipitate. If the iron content of the blue pigment is higher and the cooling rate is appropriate, tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware.

                                          In addition to firing and materials, the formation of tin spots also involves the factor of glaze material. During the painting process, tin spots can also be formed due to the accumulation of blue pigment. Tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware at the intersections and the starting and ending points of brushstrokes. The formation of tin spots can be said to be a natural creation or an artificial decoration. This tin glazes not only add a rustic texture to the Gaiwan but also imbue it with a unique sense of history.

                                          The delicate brushstrokes and intricate detailing of the painting on this Gaiwan create a distinct sense of aesthetic appeal. The soft and elegant shade of underglaze blue, along with a hint of faint tin glaze, gives it a graceful and ethereal beauty under the light. This Gaiwan exudes a simple yet elegant charm, reminiscent of the style of imitation Ming, making it truly captivating and irresistible.

                                        • Hand Painted Twin Lotus Gaiwan - TallHand Painted Twin Lotus Gaiwan - Tall
                                          $769.99
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                                          The style of this super beautiful Gaiwan is Ming, using the underglaze blue technique, and entirely handcrafted and hand painted. The pattern on the lid features a classic design of intertwining lotus branches (known as Chanzhi Lian), while the pattern on the body of Gaiwan showcases the traditional Chinese twin lotus motif. The design of the tall style with an outward-flared mouth extends the curvature of the Gaiwan, making it less likely to scald one’s hand during use. The short style, on the other hand, is delicate and compact, with a thicker body, suitable for tea drinkers with smaller hands.

                                          In ancient China, the twin lotus due to its symbolic meaning is regarded as the gentleman among flowers. It represents the finest specimen among lotus flowers and symbolises a harmonious and everlasting union. The twin lotus, with one stem and two blooms, epitomizes the notion of unity, shared roots, shared blessings, and shared existence. Besides that, in ancient literary works, the twin lotus is acclaimed as a symbol of love, conveying the message of marital harmony, happiness, and representing the tender affection between lovers. It is also associated with deep brotherly love, signifying profound emotional bonds between siblings. In folklore, the appearance of twin lotus is considered an auspicious sign of good fortune.

                                          In addition, the beautiful tin spots on the porcelain add even more unique charm to it. The formation of tin spots is due to the high content of iron elements in local parts of the blue pigment. After reaching saturation in the high-temperature glaze solution and cooling down, the iron elements in the supersaturated part start to precipitate. If the iron content of the blue pigment is higher and the cooling rate is appropriate, tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware.

                                          In addition to firing and materials, the formation of tin spots also involves the factor of glaze material. During the painting process, tin spots can also be formed due to the accumulation of blue pigment. Tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware at the intersections and the starting and ending points of brushstrokes. The formation of tin spots can be said to be a natural creation or an artificial decoration. This tin glazes not only add a rustic texture to the Gaiwan but also imbue it with a unique sense of history.

                                          The delicate brushstrokes and intricate detailing of the painting on this Gaiwan create a distinct sense of aesthetic appeal. The soft and elegant shade of underglaze blue, along with a hint of faint tin glaze, gives it a graceful and ethereal beauty under the light. This Gaiwan exudes a simple yet elegant charm, reminiscent of the style of imitation Ming, making it truly captivating and irresistible.

                                        • Hand Painted Yuan Style Heron and Lotus Pu-erh GaiwanHand Painted Yuan Style Heron and Lotus Pu-erh Gaiwan
                                          $279.99

                                          This Gaiwan is made in the style of the Yuan dynasty blue and white porcelain, completely handmade and hand-painted. The pattern of “一鹭莲科” or “一路连科” in Chinese culture is derived from the beautiful combination of the heron and lotus leaves. As “鹭” (heron) and “路” (path/road) have the same pronunciation, and “莲” (lotus) sounds like “连” (successive/continuous), the name “一路连科” is a play on words that conveys the beautiful meaning of the pattern. In ancient times, successive successful candidates in the imperial examinations were called “连科,” and “一路连科” is a good wish for students to have a smooth career path and achieve success step by step.

                                          For Yuan blue and white porcelain refers to the blue and white porcelain produced during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) in China. The Yuan dynasty was an important period in the history of Chinese porcelain and one of the peaks of Chinese porcelain art. As one of the representatives of that era, Yuan blue and white porcelain exhibited unique artistic styles and technical levels. The characteristic of Yuan blue and white is the use of cobalt blue pigment for painting, which is made of cobalt oxide. After firing, the colour is bright and rich, with an extremely high decorative effect. Yuan blue and white porcelain has various shapes, thick and heavy, concise, and fluent lines, and stable and solemn shapes, all made exquisitely.

                                          The evolution of Yuan blue and white is based on the foundation of the Tang and Song celadon. Firstly, the glaze colour was improved and innovated. Unique white glaze, eggshell glaze and blue-white glaze were invented to make the glaze crystal clear. Cobalt pigment was imported for glaze colouring. Or using pigment made from domestic materials.

                                          The formation of tin spots on Yuan blue and white is due to the high content of iron elements in local parts of the blue pigment. After reaching saturation in the high-temperature glaze solution and cooling down, the iron elements in the supersaturated part start to precipitate. If the iron content of the blue pigment is higher and the cooling rate is appropriate, tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware.

                                          In addition to firing and materials, the formation of tin spots also involves the factor of glaze material. During the painting process, tin spots can also be formed due to the accumulation of blue pigment. Tin spots are more likely to appear on the surface of the ware at the intersections and the starting and ending points of brushstrokes. The formation of tin spots can be said to be a natural creation or an artificial decoration.

                                          This Gaiwan has a thick body and uses the Su Ma Li Qing glaze material (a kind of blue pigment), with a heavy sense of tin spots, revealing a unique charm of the past era. The entire production process is completed by hand, and every detail has been carefully designed and polished, giving this Gaiwan a unique artistic charm.

                                        • Hand Painted YuanBao Shaped Bao Xiang Gaiwan SetHand Painted YuanBao Shaped Bao Xiang Gaiwan Set
                                          $259.99

                                          This Gaiwan is completely handmade and hand-painted. The special craft used in this teaware includes Blue and white underglaze colour and underglaze red.

                                          The pattern featured is called “Bao Xiang” in Chinese, which is a traditional decorative motif representing one of the auspicious three treasures (Bao Xiang flower, Money tree, and Treasure basin), prevalent during the Sui and Tang dynasties in China. Bao Xiang pattern is also known as ‘Bao Xian Hua’ or ‘Bao Lian Hua’. Its lines are clear, and the colour is serene and antique. The Bao Xiang pattern design of this teaware is neat, and complex but not messy, and the whole picture of it is full and rich in details.

                                          In Chinese culture, the Bao Xiang pattern symbolizes auspiciousness and happiness, representing people’s aspirations for happiness. It is widely popular in the decoration of silk brocade, bronze mirrors, and porcelain, showcasing people’s pursuit of a better life.

                                          This Gaiwan features smooth and concise curves, combining the unique beauty of the Bao Xiang pattern, creating a visually appealing and enjoyable tea-drinking experience. The blue and red underglaze colours complement each other and create a beautiful radiance.