David R. wrote:This is a teapot I inherited form my grandmother. No one knows how she put her hands on this, as she never left France, neither the surroundings of her home... My mother got it appraised, and she was told it was pretty old, at least a century or more likely a couple. If someone has anything to tell me about this, I would be grateful. Looks like very soft zisha inside. I use it sometimes for lazy brew of young puerh. It holds roughly 35cl.
This does look old. I can't quite say how old, but it looks like 18th century or earlier. The spout, especially, is of an older style.
The name of the artist here is Shao Tingyu, who lived in the late 16th century. However, it is quite common for later artisans to use the names of earlier makers, so the name alone means almost nothing.
A shot or a few of the interior will be nice, if you could manage it.