In my previous post I show more pictures of my latest acquisition: a late Qing dynaty tea jar, over 100 years old. I think it just looks fabulous. The blue brush of the artist is so soft and peaceful. It's a joy just look at it and feel it's smooth and uneven texture.
It's one of the first big antique tea object I've ever purchased (except small tea cups). I thought I would ruin myself. Actually, it was just 3 times as expensive as my yixing jar, which is half as heavy. On another online antique shop, I found a very similar jar. It's older but doesn't have the original cover. And the price is much higher than what I paid. I saw that more jars of the same design are for sale at my tea pot maker's place, just in case you're interested.
In general, I recommend that one puts its money in tea instead of accessories (which you can't drink). But there must also be exceptions, especially since I needed a jar to keep my finest old teas from Taiwan. I think this is the most fitting place for them in Taiwan. (In a drier climate I would recommend the porous yixing jar).
I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.