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Catalog Number 2008.10.1ab
Object Name Teapot
Description These two unusual ewers are in the shape of an egg-shaped kiln, the most common type of kiln used in Jingdezhen, China. A typical kiln would be thirty to forty feet long, with a fire box at one end, a chimney at the other, and a large chamber into which wares were placed in saggars (protective boxes) to be fired.

Developed in the sixteenth century, egg-shaped kilns remained in use into the 1950s. This sophisticated design was one of the reasons Jingdezhen was so successful at making porcelain; the kilns were quick (a firing could last as little as 36 hours), fuel efficient, and provided a range of temperatures in the chamber, allowing different wares to be fired at the same time.

This piece is actually a ewer or a teapot, with a spout over the door and two small loops on the back to hold a now-lost bamboo handle. Pots like these were almost certainly made for potters or collectors.
Year Range from 1875
Year Range to 1900
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by Herbert G. McKay
On View Reeves Center, Hallway
Gallery ID Number 301