A black pottery tea brazier, Tang dynasty 唐 黑陶茶爐及茶釜
20,000 - 30,000 HKD
A black pottery tea brazier,
w. 11.4 cm
One side of the brazier dish has been broken and restuck, with associated cracks and an area of loss (1x1cm). Some minute nibbling along the extremities.
Tea braziers were one of the key vessels in tea preparation in the Tang dynasty, when tea cakes were first ground into powder form and boiled in a brazier for consumption. The late Tang dynasty painting Gong Le Tu in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, depicts a classic scene of court ladies and musicians in a tea ceremony, where elaborate tea braziers were presented on the table. Tea braziers of similar form as the present lot can be found in various media, including a Yue celadon example from the Zhejiang Provincial Museum and a Gongxian kiln amber-glazed example at the China National Tea Museum in Hangzhou, Zhejiang (http://www.teamuseum.cn/news/holding-detail.htm?id=519).