Simple and refine elegance is what best describes this zisha yixing teapot of the 19th century, pure Chinese with little or no adornment, except a little calligraphy. Entirely crafted by hand with smooth walls inside and out, remarkably light weight for the size, yet it has perfect centered gravity. Handle and lid handle and spout are perfectly aligned. Signed Shaoshan (little Mountain) this is the artistic name for Shi Dabin, a late Ming dynasty yixing master. This was used as a mark of excellence and is used on yixing wares of the 19th century. Condition: excellent without chips or hairlines, no damage of any kind (rare). Measures 7 inches from handle to spout, 5 inches from base bottom to lid handle, 3 inches wide or deep.