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The world’s largest purple clay teapot can hold nearly three tons of water.
Liu Genlin, a giant pot master from Jiangsu Province and a member of the Chinese Arts and Crafts Society, is the one who made the giant purple sand pot. In 1998, when Liu Genlin went to Jingdezhen for research, he found that someone had made a pair of giant vases. After returning to Yixing, Liu Genlin first built a giant kiln 4 meters high and 2.2 meters wide, then began to try to make a giant purple sand pot. After many experiments, success was finally achieved. It is reported that this purple sand pot is 3.5 meters high, 1.83 meters in diameter and 980 kilograms in weight, with a capacity of 2.76 tons. It was made by more than 10 craftsmen from Yixing Giant Pot Hall led by Liu Genlin using 1.5 tons of purple sand mud and took 7 months to complete. It is understood that this purple sand pot has been awarded the “World’s Largest Purple Sand Pot” certificate issued by the Kino headquarters of Shanghai Great World .
The smallest purple clay teapot in the world is as big as a mung bean.
In the Shushan Old Street of Yixing, Zhou Weiwu, the host of Zijuexuan, once made a purple sand pot smaller than a soybean. Visitors kept pouring in. In 2009, he created an even smaller miniature pot. Wow! This tiny purple sand pot, which is almost as small as a lentil, can be blown away with just a puff of breath – truly astonishing!
The most expensive purple-clay teapot can buy a villa in Shanghai.
The teapot set of eleven pieces by Gu Jingzhou, named “Tibi Group”, was auctioned at the 2011 “Modern Chinese High-end Art Purple Sand Pot Special Exhibition” and sold for 17.825 million yuan, setting a record once again and becoming the most expensive purple sand pot in history.
The flattest purple clay teapot
On October 25th, 2010, the world’s flattest purple sand teapot made its debut at the Beijing International Tea Expo and attracted many viewers to stop and admire. The teapot is 19.07mm high, 119.53mm wide and has a volume of 41.92ml, created by Yixing Purple Sand artist Qin Wunan. Last year it was confirmed by Guinness World Records headquarters in Shanghai as “the World’s flattest Purple Sand Teapot”.
Legend has it that the first purple clay teapot (unverified)
It is said that the purple sand pot was created by the monk of Jinsha Temple in the Ming Dynasty, and Gong Chunqiu was the first recorded master potter in history.
The earliest purple sand teapot in China must have been made by the two monks from Jinsha Temple. It has long disappeared with the wheel of history, and although Gong Chun is famous, his purple sand teapot is only known by name and not by sight. In 1928, Mr. Chunanqiang claimed to have discovered a tree trunk teapot that was supposedly Gong Chun’s work. If this was true, then the teapot made by Gong Chun would be the oldest purple sand teapot in the world. Later, Master Peishimin added a lid to it, and many people have regarded this piece as the best one in the world for many years. Unfortunately, experts have determined through various tests that this teapot was imitation of Huang Yulin’s work from the Qing Dynasty!
The earliest unearthed Zisha teapot (date confirmed).
What is the earliest purple clay pot that can be dated in China nowadays? In 1965, a purple clay carrying beam pot, known as “Wu Jing Carrying Beam”, was unearthed at the tomb of Wu Jingtai, a eunuch of the Ming Dynasty in Ma Jia Mountain outside Zhonghua Gate in Nanjing. This is currently the only Chinese purple clay pot with absolute date available.
This teapot has a Camellia shape and is of large size, with a height of 17.7cm, a mouth diameter of 7.7cm and low diameter of 7cm. The color is liver red, spherical belly, flat bottom, short and straight neck, round and flat cover, gourd-shaped knob, and a persimmon pit pattern piece decorated at the connecting point between the spout and the body. It is now preserved in Nanjing Museum.
According to the tombstone inscription, Wu Jing, also known as Tai Chang and Lie An, was from Yugan in Jiangxi Province and was a fourth-rank eunuch of the Si Li Jing in Nanjing. We know that eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty had great power and authority.
Before Cheng Hua, Wang Zhen had absolute control; during Cheng Hua, Wang Zhi had absolute control; during Wu Zong’s period, Liu Jin had absolute control; and during Xi Zong’s period, Wei Zhongxian had absolute control. The famous Eastern and Western Factories were all the works of eunuchs. From this point of view, Wu Jing as a four-grade eunuch official and a purple sand pot as a burial item should be of great value, and it is likely to be a work by a celebrity. However, there was no mark on the teapot at that time and it was unknown who made it. Wu Jing died in the 12th year of Jiajing (1533). The most famous purple sand master in Jiajing period is Gong Chun. According to Mr. Xu XiuTong’s verification, this pot has some characteristics of Gong Chun’s pot, “the color is dim like ancient gold and iron, magnificent and upright”. Is this pot made by Gong Chun? It may be an eternal mystery.
The earliest known record of a purple clay teapot is from a painting from the Song Dynasty more than one thousand years ago!