Yixing Teapot - Relief Masks
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1960: item # 33648
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Ichiban Japanese & Oriental Antiques
Post Office Box 395
Marion, CT 06444-0395
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This is the third in the series of four fine Yixing teapots that we recently acquired. This one is a another dark chocolate brown teapot with low relief figures - this time of two tao tsai masks on the two sides of the main body. The teapot measures 6" from the tip of the spout to the end of the handle;
is 3 3/4" high to the top of the finial and is 4" diameter at the waist. Marked with an
impressed mark on the inside of the teapot lid and with another more complex mark on
impressed on the base. The top of the lid has a design of lotus bud seeds imbedded - they are loose in their socket so they can move about. Excellent condition with light patina - probably dates from the
first half of the 20th century but may be late Qing dynasty. Since I am unable to translate
the marks, I will say 20th century to be safe as far as dating the piece.