Updated: Nov 20, 2020
In term of the shape of teawares, besides tea pot and tea cups, tea bowls with fitted cover were another unique feature of teawares in the Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), it included cover, bowl and base, which means “sky, earth and people” respectively, an ancient Chinese philosophy. The tea bowl with fitted cover could prevent the bowl from getting dust; also, it protected from being scalded. The base could hold the bowl and people could hold the base in order not to be scaled. In the Ming and the Qing Dynasties, Jingdezhen produced a large number of porcelain tea bowls with fitted cover, including celadon, five-color, clashing color, famille rose, underglazed red and single-color ones.