The Porcelain Thread

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Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:58 pm

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Hmm wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:55 am
Yeah, the wanyu mark at the bottom supposedly means that it could have been made anywhere from the 1920s to 1970s. I would hedge more on the early half of that because it's hand painted and the flower pattern inside the bowl. Standard PRC era bowls are always printed rather than handpainted. The bowls don't go for too much, but for 2 euros, that's surely a bargain. Are those red shou characters inside overglazed or underglazed?
The red marks as well as the gilded ones are over glaze, I'm a bit weary about using it because of them, I am a bit afraid of the paint leaching chemicals

Edit: after passing my nail over the gilded characters I'm not so sure they are over glaze, it feels smooth, the red characters are definitely over though
From my own research and also lead testing on old porcelain, it is pretty safe to assume that overglaze is to be avoided as it almost always leaks lead. Red in particular. If it were only on the outside you can still use it, as it does not touch liquid or your lips, but as those are on the inside…

I used a 3M lead testing kit, which worked well enough for me to detect some lead. Not 100% fail proof though.
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:36 am

I hesitated where to post this, belongs to two areas...

I had been on the lookout for a universally usable teapot in porcelain for sampling needs and the odd tea out. Somehow I could never find anything in porcelain that I liked, either kitch, too perfect or too expensive. Antique Porcelain often being too large or overly decorated.

And before you mention it, I do have a profound dislike for Gaiwans :mrgreen:

Long story short, I shamefully overlooked the talented Korean potters! There are quite a few among them who use porcelain to create some stunning and functional pieces. Some are a bit on the odd site for my taste with almost comical features.

But I recently found my match! Artist is Kwon Hyuck Moon. It is small at 100cc capacity, just perfect for sampling and enjoying rarer and expensive samples. It looks much better in real life than in pictures! It has its charm with little imperfections and imbalances, exactly what I was looking for and a good match for my other teaware.
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:41 am

Was not only my first Korean teaware, but also the first online purchase of a teapot! Bought by Gallery Daunjae, which is I am sure, known by some of you.

A pleasure doing business with them! The pot was ordered on Sat, arrived on Monday! In a nice wooden box with stamp, little handwritten description card and - a little teacup as an extra gift!

Very nice and highly recommended. They seem to carry quite a few of Korean potters. Instagram is a good way to browse their past selections, the website seems to only slowly update with new pieces.
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:54 pm

It looks particularly wonderful in your hand.
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:07 pm

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It looks particularly wonderful in your hand.
Yes! The full beauty of it is most apparent when its size is apparent in context, difficult to capture otherwise. I guessed and gambled in this case, as from the shops pictures it could only be deducted by the capacity.
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Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:15 am

The first photos led me to imagine a larger piece, where the shape felt a little awkward, but as a smaller piece it's simply bold. The scale makes a difference.
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Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:26 pm

Nice pot Bok! I really enjoy faceted designs (my avatar kind of gives it away).

Here's a little handpainted Japanese cup. I don't know much about porcelain, so I'll let more experienced members comment on the age. My guess is mid 20th century.
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Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:45 am

steanze wrote:
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Nice pot Bok! I really enjoy faceted designs (my avatar kind of gives it away).

Here's a little handpainted Japanese cup. I don't know much about porcelain, so I'll let more experienced members comment on the age. My guess is mid 20th century.

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oh my! I love it!
Whats the volume?
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Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:47 pm

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oh my! I love it!
Whats the volume?
Around 40-50 ml. I have a few of these, they've become my go to cups for puerh :)
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Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:11 pm

Bok wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:36 am
I hesitated where to post this, belongs to two areas...

I had been on the lookout for a universally usable teapot in porcelain for sampling needs and the odd tea out. Somehow I could never find anything in porcelain that I liked, either kitch, too perfect or too expensive. Antique Porcelain often being too large or overly decorated.

And before you mention it, I do have a profound dislike for Gaiwans :mrgreen:

Long story short, I shamefully overlooked the talented Korean potters! There are quite a few among them who use porcelain to create some stunning and functional pieces. Some are a bit on the odd site for my taste with almost comical features.

But I recently found my match! Artist is Kwon Hyuck Moon. It is small at 100cc capacity, just perfect for sampling and enjoying rarer and expensive samples. It looks much better in real life than in pictures! It has its charm with little imperfections and imbalances, exactly what I was looking for and a good match for my other teaware.
Bok, that teaboat looks very familiar. I can't remember where I've seen it
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Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:07 pm

Manttea wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:11 pm
Bok wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:36 am
I hesitated where to post this, belongs to two areas...

I had been on the lookout for a universally usable teapot in porcelain for sampling needs and the odd tea out. Somehow I could never find anything in porcelain that I liked, either kitch, too perfect or too expensive. Antique Porcelain often being too large or overly decorated.

And before you mention it, I do have a profound dislike for Gaiwans :mrgreen:

Long story short, I shamefully overlooked the talented Korean potters! There are quite a few among them who use porcelain to create some stunning and functional pieces. Some are a bit on the odd site for my taste with almost comical features.

But I recently found my match! Artist is Kwon Hyuck Moon. It is small at 100cc capacity, just perfect for sampling and enjoying rarer and expensive samples. It looks much better in real life than in pictures! It has its charm with little imperfections and imbalances, exactly what I was looking for and a good match for my other teaware.
Bok, that teaboat looks very familiar. I can't remember where I've seen it
Those things were used under the legs of the tables. Filled with water they prevented insects crawling onto and getting to the food. Widely used in Taiwan in the old days, nowadays appropriated by tea people :)

I find them quite often in vintage shops here and they are a perfect, ready made and practical tea boat. Come in a range of versions and colourings.
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Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:32 am

I think I have a different definition of teaboat, I meant the ceramic plate. Didn't know about the table felt though
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Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:48 am

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I think I have a different definition of teaboat, I meant the ceramic plate. Didn't know about the table felt though
I was talking about the ceramic! The tiny felt is actually a dried loofa interior, used for washing the dishes or for teapots as it has no odours.
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Manttea wrote:
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I think I have a different definition of teaboat, I meant the ceramic plate. Didn't know about the table felt though
I was talking about the ceramic! The tiny felt is actually a dried loofa interior, used for washing the dishes or for teapots as it has no odours.
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Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:38 pm

Bok wrote:
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Manttea wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:32 am
I think I have a different definition of teaboat, I meant the ceramic plate. Didn't know about the table felt though
I was talking about the ceramic! The tiny felt is actually a dried loofa interior, used for washing the dishes or for teapots as it has no odours.
Pretty cool! Never heard of that
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