Dear Yixing

by Jason on May 1, 2010

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My wife and I picked up this pot in Shanghai from a tea friend of ours. Our friend told us it was probably crafted during China’s Pre-Republic or early Republic era. That would put it at around 100 yrs old. The first time we poured water through it (before adding any tea to the pot), there was a distinct green tea flavor to the water. That could have been the trick of an unscrupulous middle man working tea-dust inside the pot.

Antique or no, I appreciate the texture of the pot. The slightly larger flakes in the clay give the pot a warmer, rougher look and feel. The simple squared shape gives it angles that accentuate the variety of reds the pot gives off in the light. Atop the lid are 2 lions playing with a ball. Time has filled in some of the detail lines with a darker stain, giving the lions greater life and dimension.

Our little pot does well with green teas. It tends to bring out the aroma of dragonwell, and enhances the texture. At least it does to us. We’ve not experimented with it beyond green teas, and we are content to not cross that bound for now.

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Kyle Shen May 6, 2010 at 11:19

Unfortunately, this one is not old at all. It is difficult to compare without some pictures and hand-on experience. Clay, style, workmanship and carving all give out information. This one fails on all four.
If interested, please take a look at http://humi.cside.com/gallaly/gallarymenu.htm under the category of 古壶. You may be able to get some feeling.
A little reminder! There is many teapots artificially aged with shoe shine which might endangered your health. So, you would be much safer with a clean young teapot.

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