Yixing

Teachronicles
Posts: 322
Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:13 am
Location: SF Bay Area, CA

Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:50 am

Bok wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:46 am
carogust wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:12 am
Very nice pot!
It is a shame how rare it's to find a small, modern yixing pot these days... Heard that most in china don't like them, thus they're not made.
A <60ml zhuni teapot would be just a sublime find.... I'll have to do with my chaozhou pot, which isn't yixing, but works fine most of the time.
I would say finding them is not the issue, paying for them is! Everything can be commissioned if you have the funds :)

Rather than Chaozhou, thin hongni is a good alternative to Zhuni. Most modern Zhuni is hongni anyways (also, technically Zhuni is the top layer of Hongni).
I believe that was the case with this pot, commissioned by someone in east Asia. I'm lucky to have befriended that person over social media, leading to me eventually getting this pot.
User avatar
Bok
Posts: 1971
Joined: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:55 am
Location: Taiwan

Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:08 am

@Teachronicles yes, that is a lucky coincidence! Otherwise I think it would be difficult for a Westerner to commission anything in Yixing without good connections.

I like how this shuiping is so much more elegant than most from 80s-now, which are usually not very nice in their proportions and details.
User avatar
Bok
Posts: 1971
Joined: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:55 am
Location: Taiwan

Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:13 am

This got me inspired to take out my own modern (2000s) Zhuni pot. Very pure clay and exquisitely crafted. Naturally, it makes good tea no matter what the tea is. The perfect all-round pot and it’s cute in its tiny-ness! The same shape in large would not look as nice in my opinion.
Attachments
F6A99551-E41B-4C22-AAEE-8B5FE2D255ED.jpeg
F6A99551-E41B-4C22-AAEE-8B5FE2D255ED.jpeg (202.07 KiB) Viewed 471 times
Teachronicles
Posts: 322
Joined: Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:13 am
Location: SF Bay Area, CA

Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:18 am

Bok wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:08 am
Teachronicles yes, that is a lucky coincidence! Otherwise I think it would be difficult for a Westerner to commission anything in Yixing without good connections.

I like how this shuiping is so much more elegant than most from 80s-now, which are usually not very nice in their proportions and details.
Yes it was evidently made in the baotai style, extremely thin, and to mirror the proportions of qing pots. It bears more resemblance to 60s shuipings imo than 70s.
DailyTX
Posts: 49
Joined: Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Location: Northern California

Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:00 pm

Hi All,

I saw many of these tea caddies floating around on ebay range from 10s to 100s USD, so I pulled one to see if it would help with wet storage Pu erh. Anyone know if those tea caddies are from 90s, 2000s, or current? I have only seen the Duan ni color yet the one I pulled may not be Duan ni or good Duan ni due to lack of diverse minerals in the clay. Here are a few photos
Attachments
thumbnail_IMG_1535.jpg
thumbnail_IMG_1535.jpg (170.13 KiB) Viewed 418 times
thumbnail_IMG_1536.jpg
thumbnail_IMG_1536.jpg (187.36 KiB) Viewed 418 times
thumbnail_IMG_1537.jpg
thumbnail_IMG_1537.jpg (180.15 KiB) Viewed 418 times
Chadrinkincat
Posts: 326
Joined: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Contact:

Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:55 pm

DailyTX wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:00 pm
Hi All,

I saw many of these tea caddies floating around on ebay range from 10s to 100s USD, so I pulled one to see if it would help with wet storage Pu erh. Anyone know if those tea caddies are from 90s, 2000s, or current? I have only seen the Duan ni color yet the one I pulled may not be Duan ni or good Duan ni due to lack of diverse minerals in the clay. Here are a few photos
Modern, from low quality mystery clay. I think these used to be sold at Pearl river mart.
DailyTX
Posts: 49
Joined: Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:43 pm
Location: Northern California

Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:24 am

Chadrinkincat wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:55 pm
DailyTX wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:00 pm
Hi All,

I saw many of these tea caddies floating around on ebay range from 10s to 100s USD, so I pulled one to see if it would help with wet storage Pu erh. Anyone know if those tea caddies are from 90s, 2000s, or current? I have only seen the Duan ni color yet the one I pulled may not be Duan ni or good Duan ni due to lack of diverse minerals in the clay. Here are a few photos
Modern, from low quality mystery clay. I think these used to be sold at Pearl river mart.
@Chadrinkincat
Thank for the info. I assume it should be safe to just store tea? so far, no unusual smell :)
Chadrinkincat
Posts: 326
Joined: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Contact:

Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:54 am

@DailyTX
Should be fine for storage.
User avatar
Stephen
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 pm
Location: Bay Area, California

Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:06 am

I'd appreciate help identifying this. My friend asked for help identifying it, but all I can say is that it's hong ni and I like the aesthetics.
Attachments
IMG_20190829_132612.jpg
IMG_20190829_132612.jpg (215.33 KiB) Viewed 309 times
IMG_20190829_132701.jpg
IMG_20190829_132701.jpg (184.29 KiB) Viewed 309 times
IMG_20190829_132744.jpg
IMG_20190829_132744.jpg (150.47 KiB) Viewed 309 times
User avatar
Bok
Posts: 1971
Joined: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:55 am
Location: Taiwan

Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:14 am

All I can add with certainty is that it could be anything in age from 90s-onwards to present-day made. Looks decent enough to make tea.

You can also look through the old Yixing catalogues, maybe you can spot it:
https://www.teartchat.com/%E7%B4%AB%E7% ... %E4%B8%80/
User avatar
Stephen
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 pm
Location: Bay Area, California

Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:37 pm

Bok wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:14 am
All I can add with certainty is that it could be anything in age from 90s-onwards to present-day made. Looks decent enough to make tea.

You can also look through the old Yixing catalogues, maybe you can spot it:
https://www.teartchat.com/%E7%B4%AB%E7% ... %E4%B8%80/
Great link to the catalogues, thanks. So comprehensive. I didn't spot it in the catalog after a quick scan.
User avatar
Bok
Posts: 1971
Joined: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:55 am
Location: Taiwan

Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:41 pm

@Stephen you’re welcome!

Then it’s either non-factory or modern day made.

Edit:
There is another possibility, it could be a Xiaomingjia(little famous), means made by a better potter with often better clay. I. That case you’d need to track down the seal and name and look if the artisan is on the official XMJ list. That is what I did with a pot once and had that luck.

Would be earliest 90s then.
User avatar
Tillerman
Vendor
Posts: 310
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:58 pm
Location: Napa, CA
Contact:

Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:23 pm

Two new Yixing pots for us to employ at our stand at tea festivals where we always brew gong fu style. The one on the left is Fanggu style and on the right, Gaopan. Next stop is the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle on September 28 & 29. Be sure to stop by if you are in the Seattle area, Thank you Patrick from @mudandleaves for your help in selecting these.
IMG_20190830_161958112.jpg
IMG_20190830_161958112.jpg (61.77 KiB) Viewed 228 times
Chadrinkincat
Posts: 326
Joined: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:16 pm
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Contact:

Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:24 pm

@Stephen

This pot reminds me of mid 2000’s pot that Jing tea shop sold awhile back.

F1 or XMJ seems unlikely.
User avatar
Stephen
Posts: 131
Joined: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 pm
Location: Bay Area, California

Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:16 pm

@Bok
@Chadrinkincat

thanks for your input!
Post Reply