Drax wrote:I did not participate in this auction on eBay, but I certainly watched it.
Perhaps you saw it, too? It was this clay teapot with jade spout, handle, and lid knob, with metal fittings.
Clearly somebody thought it was worth paying >$700 for. What do you think?
TomVerlain wrote:too much dirt to be "real" - it does look nice, but not $700 nice. Lots of bidders with no feedback and the "winner" is "private" - not a good sign.
Of course, it could be the steal of a lifetime and soon to be sold at sotheby's for millions, but I doubt it.
MarshalN wrote:This is a fake. I've seen this type before -- the handle and spout are not jade, but a cheap plastic. The real stuff looks different.
Drax wrote:MarshalN wrote:This is a fake. I've seen this type before -- the handle and spout are not jade, but a cheap plastic. The real stuff looks different.
The seller seems smart enough to know the difference between plastic and stone. The phrase "green stones" in the description would seem to imply stone.
Maybe we'll see it relisted in a month or so if the buyer returns it.
I noticed that the winner's feedback was 'private' -- I've never seen that before. What/why...?
tingjunkie wrote:I've come across this seller for over a year, and they always seem to have a limitless supply of "Chinese Vermilion Mud" teapots. I know quite a few were exported to Japan, but did they somehow ALL end up in this store's clutches? If if they collect them, wouldn't they know that they are called Yixing or Zisha? I don't know how they get away with their near perfect seller rating though... that's a good one.
Tead Off wrote:They have a network of people buying at auctions all over Japan. My only quibble with them is that everything is 30 years old in their descriptions. They try to describe the items carefully, though. They have finally switched over to metric and one doesn't have to think what 2.9" means. I have never seen a measuring device with inches broken down into 10ths.