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Sp.269 Teapot Postage Stamps (1989)

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Stamp SN D269
Stamp Name Sp.269 Teapot Postage Stamps (1989)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Handicrafts
Issue date 1989-07-28
Suspersion date 1991-01-28
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 37x29
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co. Inc., R.O.C.
Creative Director
Sheet composition 10×10
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Locally-made mat finished,
watermarked stamp paper with gum
Perforation 13 1/2x14

   This set presents four ancient teapots from I-Hsing of Kiangsu Province made during the Ching period (1644-1911). They are in the above order of increasing value: I-Hsing purple sand teapot, yellow clay teapot, bundle of chop wood teapot, and a pear skin red clay teapot.

   Since the late Ming period (1368-1644), I-Hsing became a famous teapot township because it produces the finest clay in purple, red, and yellow that sends out the sweetest flavour of tea. The simplicity and elegance in style, the graphics or calligraphy drawing on the pots, often by reputed artists, have made the teapots more an artistic creation than a utility.