This German teapot styled in the manner of Yixing, a traditional style commonly used to brew tea originated in China, dating back to the 15th century, originally made from clay produced near Yixing in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. Yixing teapots are meant for use with black and oolong teas, as well as aged pǔ’ěr tea. They can also be used for green or white tea, but the water must be allowed to cool to around 85 °C (185 °F) before pouring the water into the pot. Yixing teapots absorb a tiny amount of tea into the pot during brewing. After prolonged use, the pot will develop a coating that retains the flavor and colour of the tea. It is for this reason that soap should not be used to clean Yixing teapots. Instead, it should be rinsed with fresh water and allowed to air-dry. A studious tea connoisseur will only steep one type of tea in a particular pot, so as not to corrupt the flavor that has been absorbed. It features a basket weave and chevron incised decoration, with an impressed seal mark on the base. It measures 3 ¾ in -9.5 cm in diameter and 3 ¾ in – 9.5 cm in height.