Tea conversation Gaiwan


This cute medium-sized gaiwan features an original illustration of two men wearing traditional dresses and enjoying a conversation while drinking a cup of tea. The indulgent men also appear on the lid and saucer. The hand-coloring makes each piece unique. All rims have been painted in a slight brown tinge to give a rustic touch to the gaiwan.

We recommend complementing this gaiwan with the matching pitcher and cups to create the perfect little set for your next tea ceremony!


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 odors. So you can brew different kind 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:  135 ml (under the lid)
  • DIAMETER:  10 cm
  • HEIGHT:  4.7 cm (cup only)

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