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Yixing Teapot Republican Period
This is a selection from my Cup of Light series. It is laughing at anyone who takes it seriously. There is a virtually unknown place in Beijing called the Duan Qirui Fu. It was the Ministry of Defense building of the National government about 100 years ago. It can still be seen today. It needs more than a coat of paint to look nice, if it ever did look nice. If the owners of that mansion wanted this pot, it would cost a fortune It is the only teapot in the world that really looks like the Duan Qirui Fu.
This is a clever pot It is made to look rickety. No self-respecting Yixing maker could actually make one so ugly – except on purpose. All the “missing parts” and "repairs" are all one big joke by the Master who created this “monstrosity” How clever. As part of this clever work: the pot leaks! No self-respecting Yixing pot leaks. The spout leaks.