Ren Fu Collection Purple-Sand Clay teapots which this website is about is based in Melaka, Malaysia while Ren Fu Collection Xia/Shang/Zhou Bronzes is based in Beijing, China.
Ren Fu Collection Purple-Sand Clay teapots, unlike its Archaic Chinese Bronzes, specialized in salvage-excavations of cultural relics.
The feat of being able to salvage thousands of Purple-Sand Clay teapots from historical Chinese burial sites which were destined for demolition due to residential and commercial developments in countries along the maritime Silk route from the 1970s to the 1990s and to keep records of excavations is what makes this website the only one in the world and a must-visit website for any serious study and research of this Old Chinese Art Form.
This website is created not only to deal with fake Purple-Sand Clay teapots which are overwhelming the market causing untold personal sufferings and financial losses to gullible buyers but also to fight against organized frauds which have infiltrated the market and learning institutions especially in auction houses and even museums in China, a big national issue which was expertly exposed in an international October 28, 2013 report by The New York Times titled, “Forging an Art Market in China”.
And for experiential learning we have six hundred excavated Pre-Daoquang Purple-Sand Clay teapots with exact dating and archaeological records which we use in our Ren Fu Collection Five Days Learning Course at our gallery in Melaka, Malaysia, the aim of which is to make sure learners have practical knowledge to go with their theoretical knowledge that they acquire from our books, e-Book or on-line postings.
We hope that when our job, for all intent and purposes, is done we will donate all our accumulated valuable archaeological material and information to a few suitable museums around the world.
Message by The Honorable Malaysian Ambassador to The United States of America Dato’ Azmil Mohd. Zabidi
My experience as Malaysian deputy head of mission in Beijing (2003-2007) and as consul general of Malaysia in Shanghai (2007-2010) made me realize the historical importance of “tea culture” not only in China but also to the rest of the world. For Southeast Asian countries along the maritime silk route, Malacca played a very important role in propagating this culture.
Malacca was a strategic gateway for China to the Indian Ocean, as vessels that pass through the Malacca Strait either en route to or returning from the Indian Ocean would dock in Malacca. In this regard. Malacca became an international port of call where spices, silk, tea, as well as blue and white porcelain, among others, were traded by merchants from China, India, the Middle East, and Europe.
During the late Ming Dynasty, this “tea culture” saw the invention of the Yixing teapot as the perfect teapot for steeping and brewing tea, and soon, foreign demand for the product began. This gave rise to tremendous demand for the Yixing teapot and other tea wares from as far away as Western Europe, and the demand was satisfied by producers in China through trading hubs such as Malacca.
Through Malacca, these teapot and other tea wares also made their way to other reaches in the region, in particular, Southeast Asian markets where there were a large number of migrant Chinese communities. These wares were not only treasured for their utility but also as Works of Art to be transported to the afterlife.
The Ren Fu collection, the subject of this book, is a huge collection of tea wares from that era. The ability to excavate and amass such a huge array of pre-Daoguang Yixing teapots from Southeast Asia (or Nanyang, as the Chinese call the region) is remarkable and should whet the curio of those interested in archaeological material and information crucial to the study and research of old Yixing teapots (or Zisha Hu, as the Chinese call it).
In this regard, I would like to wish the purveyors of the Ren Fu Collection all the best in their efforts to educate the public through web blogs and now this book in which I am honored to impart a few words.