Chinese Yixing Clay Teapot, ca. 1840
A fellow gave this to me. I can't even really remember the amount of years. It's been at least 20 years. I just set it on the shelf in a corner.
It is Chinese. This is actually made out of a type of earthenware that's called Yixing ware. Now, Yixing comes from a place called Yixing, China. It has a very special quality. Beautiful dark red color. It can be a light brown. But it's perfect for making tea. And so this was an individual's teapot. There are a few marks. There's a small mark on the inside of the cover, there's a mark on the underside, with the maker's mark, Yuan Zhu Ming, and a mark underneath the handle, right there. Most of these marks are just kind of clever sayings and kind wishes as you enjoy your tea. I think this is quite early. This probably dates to around the 1830s or 1840s.
Yeah. There is some damage on the top, which unfortunately takes away some of the value. These are very collectible, though. I think, at auction, this might bring between $500 to $700.
Oh, marvelous. I thought it would bring maybe $20, $30. Been sitting on a shelf up there in the corner for years.
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