Favourite Yixing teapot shape


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What is your favourite Yixing teapot shape?

De Zhong
1
2%
Duo Qiu
2
4%
Fang Gu
3
6%
Han Bian
0
No votes
Liu Fang
0
No votes
Li Xing
2
4%
Qing Quan
0
No votes
Rou Bian
0
No votes
Rong Tian
0
No votes
Shi Piao
1
2%
Shui Ping/Biao Zhun
23
48%
Tai Jian
1
2%
Tseng Lan
0
No votes
Wen Dan
1
2%
Xi Shi
14
29%
Other
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 48

Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby bagua7 » Jan 2nd, '13, 19:19

There are countless shapes, I have listed some of the main ones including classic shapes like shui ping/biao zhun (water level), xi shi (female breast), duo qiu (drop ball), shi piao (stone scoop) and li xing (pear shape).

My favourite is biao zhun, the standard form of Factory 1 mass-produced of the original shui ping shape in Early R.O.C.:

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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby fdrx » Jan 2nd, '13, 19:47

I couldn't find it in the list, so...

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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby tingjunkie » Jan 2nd, '13, 19:50

^ Nice! :lol:

It might help if you post examples or translations for each. Even a western Yixing geek like me doesn't know a third of those you listed.
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby tea_love » Jan 2nd, '13, 20:20

+ 1 shuiping shape. For some unknown reasons I especially love the shape...
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby brandon » Jan 2nd, '13, 21:20

The well proportioned Si Ting is like a dream...
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby debunix » Jan 2nd, '13, 22:17

tingjunkie wrote:It might help if you post examples or translations for each. Even a western Yixing geek like me doesn't know a third of those you listed.


+1. I've followed threads here enough to have an opinion but only know most of them by photos of examples.
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby bagua7 » Jan 2nd, '13, 23:15

Not a problem at all, I was hoping other users would provide the corresponding pics. Here are some:

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De Zhong

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Han Bian

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Liu Fang (it belongs to the geometrical category; I know someone who love this sort of pot but they are not my cup of tea, unfortunately)

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Li Xing (one my favourite types but not easy to find one with a perfect symmetry).

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Qing Quan

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Rou Bian & Tai Jian

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Rong Tian

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Tseng Lan

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Wen Dan
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby tingjunkie » Jan 3rd, '13, 00:02

Hard to pick just one, so I won't. :lol: The classic Shui Ping is an obvious choice of course. I happen to be a sucker for a nicely proportioned Duo Qiu too.

For some reason I seem to be in the minority on this one, but I really love the old school export to Japan pots like these (no idea what the name of the shape is)...
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I just love the simple rustic country charm.
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby wyardley » Jan 3rd, '13, 00:26

tingjunkie wrote:For some reason I seem to be in the minority on this one, but I really love the old school export to Japan pots like these (no idea what the name of the shape is)...

I think jù lún zhū (巨輪珠) refers to this general style (round pot with a cannon spout -- short, wide, and straight). There's an Art of Tea article about it (issue 9, p 64). This refers to all of them, and not just the ones with the disk shaped button, which, as I understand it, is more common on later examples.
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby tingjunkie » Jan 3rd, '13, 00:51

Great info wyardley! Thanks.
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby debunix » Jan 3rd, '13, 02:48

I voted for the flying saucer Tia Jian, strictlymn aesthetic grounds. The little "yixing" that I have are virtually all shui ping, however,as those were the right size and cheap when I was at my local teashop.
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby bagua7 » Jan 3rd, '13, 05:27

brandon wrote:The well proportioned Si Ting is like a dream...


+1

Particularly in reference to real old zhu ni:

http://www.penchant.com.sg/teapot006.htm

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I missed that shape on my poll. :(
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby Alex » Jan 3rd, '13, 05:28

Female breast shape for me.

My first pot was a Xi Shi and that pot was my favourite. I've never felt so connected to a pot as I did that one.
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby tkellyd » Jan 3rd, '13, 20:45

Ha ha, Alex. Very funny . . . :lol:
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

Postby Tead Off » Jan 4th, '13, 01:42

Here's my version of Bagua's Tseng Lan shape (well railing).

80's Zisha.
90ml
Tseng Lan form.
Purchased in late 80's in HK.
Can we call it 'true' zisha, both purple and sand?
Actual color a bit darker.
Currently nude without the leash (no photo).
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