Wondering if this teapot can be identified, possible age made, and what the impress on the bottom says in English. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Here are the specs: Purchased: April 29, 2008, Shanghai, China Shopper's street in heart of downtown Price: 200 yuan
Lid and pot combined in graded fluted flower design spout has cross like opening signature impressed on bottom ( see photo) Top fits nicely Pours well, no drip. 6 ½ " wide, 3 ½" tall Red clay. Low fire ? After the ID process, i'd like to talk about what sort of tea would be best for brewing in it. Thanks
Hi peanuts, thanks for uploading your beautiful teapot. It is a very popular shape( cherry-blossom).
This is a red clay(zhuni) teapot with high firing, so it is in higher tone and dense. Good to use for green tea or green Oolong tea. the size is a little too big to make Gong Fu Cha. Small teapot is always easy to make a better taste of tea.
No matter the teapot is new or old, it's better to season it before using. Because you never know what kind of tea people used before and how they use the teapot.
Ah, yes, seems i was not clear in my note about the age of pot when purchased. It was said to me by the owner in the shop, that it was "old", but he did not say how old... ! So it is not a new one. Thank you putea, it's shape was the real reason i purchased it. Thank you Daniel, now know the name of the shape and the nature of the clay...so high fire, not low fire, which would make it denser. good to know. Read your information about seasoning a pot, and as instructed for re-seasoning one, i will boil it and re-start with the green tea leaves only. i am still hungry for a possible translation of the impress on the base of the pot, any ideas? thank you for all of the above.
Hi Peanut, the mark on the bottom is Chinese characters which read from right to left. The two characters on right side is the old name of yixing city荊溪. the characters in the middle and the top left side is the name of the artist"顧Gu(last name), 琴Qin;‧娟Juan. the last character means made制.
Junior titles: (Assistant craftsmen / arts workers) 初级职称(助理工艺师/工艺美术员)
thanks Daniel, appreciate your taking time to decipher the impress. Sorry for late reply, been on road for four weeks and no access. May I wish you a good New Year time. PS: am enjoying learning about the Pureh tea's from reading the articles in the on site Library. Thank you so much for the details and precise instructions, makes easy to understand what to do, and when. regards