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Teapot in the Shape of a Plum Blossom

Shi Dabin (Chinese, active 1620–40)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
early 17th century
Stoneware (Yixing ware)
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Ann Eden Woodward Foundation Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.362a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The invention of the teapot is often credited to potters working in the Yixing district of Jiangsu Province sometime in the sixteenth century. It is thought that these potters adapted the shape of a wine ewer to meet the needs of tea aficionados who had begun using steeped leaves rather than powdered tea.
Marking: Incised on a five-petaled patch in the center of the base are the inscriptions "Yu zhao ge", apparently a hallmark, and "Da bin" which is generally taken to be the mark of the potter Shi Dabin, who is recorded as having flourished between 1620 and 1640.
Norma Gruber Schofield , (until 1982; her sale at Christie's, New York, December 2, 1982, lot 464, to MMA)
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