Post by switchboardsusie on Aug 28, 2010 18:57:58 GMT -8
Hello there. Just found your nice site as I have been searching for info on a Yixing black clay and pewter teapot I recently purchased at a yard sale. It comes from the estate of a family with a 19th century ancestor who was a diplomat and a descendent who served in the Navy in the Pacific in WWII. Although I found some photos of similar pots that are red and pewter, yours is the only one I have seen that is black/pewter.
Mine is similar - and I apologize for my lousy photos - and has a detailed dragon figure, as well as a flaming pearl and bats. The spout is pewter with brass (?) detail, and a brass handle, with 'hands" clutching the rings that attach it to the body. The lid has a Chinese coin and no knob, and I don't see a worn place where one might have been though perhaps it was lost a long time ago. It's only flaw (I think) is a small ding on the lid.
The stamped mark on the bottom I believe is of a scorpion in a square with some intricate images of the sea, however it is faint on one side as if someone's thumb has worn it down. Cannot get a good photo of this but I just ordered some macro lenses for my Nikon so can follow up better pics next week. Sorry about the pics again. :-/ I appreciate any info anyone might share with me. Thanks!
You have a nice teapot. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photo.
This type of teapot exits in the late 19th and early 20th century. It usually comes as a set, with a pitcher, a sugar bowl, small vase, and a few other items. There should be a knot on the lid and it is missing on your teapot.
I also have a few such teapots in red and black colour. When I have time, I will take pictures of other similar pewter teapots and post them on the forum. If you have a chance to take more photos of the teapot, especially the bottom mark, I will be able to provide you with more information of its origin.
Post by switchboardsusie on Sept 3, 2010 15:30:01 GMT -8
Thank you so much for the info. Here is the bottom mark for the teapot. I saw another on the Christies site without a knob - did not have a price though! This came from a trunk with a newspaper from the year 1918, btw, though of course it could have been added later.
This is a Dragon Mark which is rare to this kind of pewter teapot. Most pewter teapots have company trademark stamped on the bottom. This teapot is exported to European countries during that period. My friend have a similar one dated 1920 and yours is 1918, which is close to that date.