Imposing and refined, this stately, large gaiwan is glazed a deep, shiny cobalt blue on its outer surfaces, with a small calligraphic inscription on its side, reading 'precious'; the interiors are a pale, clean white, providing a classic, contrasting combination, as well as enabling one to appreciate the colour of the tea and tea leaves within. Sturdy as well as ornamental, and with enough capacity to serve several people, it makes a nice choice to display on the shelf, then take down and use for honoured guests.
And for a complete set, see these matching cups, bearing four different inscriptions.
Why do I need a gaiwan?
The gaiwan is the most common tea vessel in China. It comprises three pieces: a thin-walled, handle-less cup, a saucer, and a lid. The cup is given a flared lip to hold it without burning one’s fingers.
According to custom, you should brew only the precise quantity of tea that you need to serve you and your guests. Several infusions follow; only freshly brewed tea is dispensed in the cups. This procedure guarantees best results.
Unlike Yixing teapots, the gaiwan does not retain odours. So you can brew different kinds of tea in the same gaiwan.
Usage: steep the leaves in the gaiwan and pour the brewed tea into a second pot for serving. Use a strainer if necessary. Repeat several times, refilling the gaiwan.
- MATERIAL: Porcelain
- CAPACITY: 165 ml (under the lid)
- WIDTH: 9.3 cm
- HEIGHT: 6 cm (cup only)