Have Some Tea wrote:
19th CE Yixing pot history:
Currently 3 generations in the family as an antique on display.
Acquired in China between 1920 and 1930 by a relative who was a high ranking officer in the Royal Dutch Navy.
It's in perfect condition with some signs of use and no chips or cracks.
The patina on the inside is rich and shows signs of old use and many Zen (Chan) tea moments.
Manufactured: probably 19th century
Acquired: between 1920 and 1930
Use: Not in use since acquired
I see that some of you are experts on this matter. I would be very interested in the manufacturing date/era and the maker, if you can decipher the name stamp... And as a tea connoisseur and Zen practitioner I would be grateful if you can unravel the mystery of the calligraphy on the side.
Shizi is usually ROC (1910s~1950s) creations, they made during the CR period, as well. Overall shape is good, but lid-seal follows more of CR style, than ROC style. Zhu Ke-xin and Fan Zu-de were famous Shizi experts...are there hand-making lines inside the pot?
looks like 采仙 on the lid, no records found. Looks like the potter didn't carry his/her own seal, usually ROC masters use their own seals. If it's the CR stuff, it'd pass. If it's the ROC stuff, it should belong to moderate or mediocre range