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by mbanu
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

the problem is that the people who curate the previously linked auction catalogs seem to know nothing about the subject, or their understanding is too shallow. Why do they struggle to find knowledgeable people, I wonder? Museums don't usually pay very well, after all... Many of the people who would...
by mbanu
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

Exactly, basically none of the books mention the different building techniques used through history. Especially not any English publications, who know nothing about the subject. As this thread has shown, it can be a tricky subject. :) For making pots rather than appreciating them, there is the Chin...
by mbanu
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: 2012 Pu'er article in the LA Times
Replies: 1
Views: 26

2012 Pu'er article in the LA Times

https://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-chi ... story.html

Stumbled across this and thought folks might enjoy it, as a few old TeaChat regulars were interviewed. :)
by mbanu
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

How long did these friendship stores remain open in Hong Kong? For anyone else curious about these, a website devoted to the industrial history of Hong Kong did a biography on the founder of the Hong Kong subsidiary that ran these stores: Red Capitalist: the life and ventures of K.C. Wong (王寬誠,1907...
by mbanu
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

mbanu What's wrong with Chinese books? The point is the images anyway. The filler text could be distracting from focusing on what matters. And you could get the books through TB, with an agent. Maybe as an example, here is a video filmed in 2004 where the artist Zhao Jianghua makes a Yixing tool ca...
by mbanu
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What's the story behind "Nor Sun Pu-erh Tea"?
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Re: What's the story behind "Nor Sun Pu-erh Tea"?

According to the tin, this pu'er-blend is sold by Ten Fine Trading out of Hong Kong. The internet says that the Chinese name for this company is 天峰貿易有限公司, that it was founded in 1968, and is otherwise completely absent from the web. :(
by mbanu
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tea and music
Replies: 22
Views: 804

Re: tea and music

An old concert by Charles Aznavour, a fun match with a Mariage Frères tea, as Mariage Frères was a new company doing new things masquerading as an old company doing old things. :) Although they play up the "since 1854" and try to make their shops look the part, they are really the product of new ide...
by mbanu
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

That's too bad. Do you think that auction catalogs before the 1995 counterfeiting boom would be more helpful, or would it be best for English-language learners to stick to museum exhibition catalogs and published books? I am not aware of even one trustworthy publication in English to learn about th...
by mbanu
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

Bonham’s is probably more reliable than WW but I I wouldn’t blindly trust their selection either. They have numerous examples of Chaozhou pots labeled as antique yixing. This is a pretty huge error for anyone that sells antique pots. That's too bad. Do you think that auction catalogs before the 199...
by mbanu
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

I guess for the purpose of learning Yixing even a catalog with provenance is no good if the auction-house appraiser is not a specialist, as too much work must be done by the reader to determine if what they are seeing is what they are reading. Looking at the team section of Woolley and Wallis, it lo...
by mbanu
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

The other possibility they are fakes from the 80s and 90s So the question then would be, "Were they making these kind of counterfeits in the 80s and 90s?" I think the answer might be no for the 80s, and probably not for the 90s, because the main thing that caused the surge in counterfeits was the w...
by mbanu
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

1800’s? https://www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk/departments/asian-art/aa151111/view-lot/250/ This claim is easily debunked by looking through the official F1 catalogs from 70-80’s or by having the most basic level of knowledge about seals. Many of their antique yixing are very clearly Chazhou clay. If y...
by mbanu
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

If making a Mao pot seems unlike something that potter would normally do, we can then ask if Yixing potters were acting differently during the Cultural Revolution. I seem to remember reading in an essay on this time that there were a couple senior potters who were deemed not sufficiently dedicated ...
by mbanu
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

This is one reason I like that they give a provenance as a starting point. :) Because now we can ask, "OK, who are/were Peter and Susan Wain?" Peter Wain was a ceramics dealer from Staffordshire who died in 2015. A 2018 article in The Chronicle (a UK newspaper) on an auction of some of his other thi...
by mbanu
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: English-language Yixing books
Replies: 47
Views: 813

Re: English-language Yixing books

Maybe some nice cautious consuming would be the Yixing sections of the Woolley & Wallis auction catalogs? A lot of the bigger auction houses will either sell print catalogs or if it is primarily an online auction won't bother with catalogs (It would have been nice for Christie's " Contemporary Clay...