Featured Ceramic Yixing teapot, can anyone translate?

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by Lucille.b, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Wondering if anyone can help with the signature or text on the side. (Apologies if I have signature upside down.) The only signature appears inside the lid.

    This was at my local thrift, decoratively I really like it -- unfortunately there are a few chips, not on the pot, but on the underside of the lid.

    Any info much appreciated.

    yix1.jpg yix2.jpg yix2b.jpg yix3.jpg yix4.jpg yix5.jpg
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  2. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    nice looking teapot Lucille:) I can't help with the signature or text, but have found with yixing pieces if you put good photos up the buyers will know, and if it is a good one it will get bids and offers to buy it now pretty quickly.
    sometimes there are marks on the underside of the handle
  3. khl889

    khl889 Well-Known Member

    The lid has the seal of Fan Zude 范祖德 (1904~1976), a noted Yixing potter.


    According to the inscription, though, the teapot is Li Yong product 利永出品 and engraved by You Shi 友石刻. Li Yong is a well-known producer of Yixing ware, especially in the Republic era. You Shi was also noted for his calligraphy.

    Famous Yixing ware is widely copied, just look on eBay, but the photos suggest you have quite a nice piece. I'm not clear about that color difference on the outside, though. Great shame about the damage.

    In any event, I think this is an interesting piece, and I'd suggest getting the opinion of someone familiar with Yixing ware. I certainly can't say whether this is genuine or just a good copy.

    That's not a large crack there on the back of the teapot, is it? Just the lobing, I hope.
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  4. Lucille.b

    Lucille.b Well-Known Member

    Thank you Cx and Khl889.

    Very helpful information. It does seem like a nicely made one, but unfortunately has that damage on the lid. No cracks on the teapot, it has 4 decorative lines, wasn't sure what to call that decoration (lobing).

    I appreciate all of the translations, gives me a great starting point. Many thanks. :happy::happy::happy:

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  5. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    Great find, Lucille and actually the most attractive one I've seen yet!
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    Aquitaine Is What It IS!!!

    I know nothing about these, other than what's just been said, but it's LOVELY!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):)
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