I don't mind the lion(?)! I think s/he is cute. This is my little pixiu topped sheng puer pot:
I like the feet on your pot as well. That is something that none of my pots have.
Aww, yours is *definately* a lion! Are those little lion faces around the outside?
Mine arrived today- and it looks much nicer in person!
As I was unpacking it, my son (3) exclaimed 'Look mom, Teapot has piggy feet!'
And it does- the feet are little pig faces, complete with ears.
I think it is what has been called half handmade. I can see faint seams where the piggy feet have been applied around the base.
I can also see a seam under the spout where panels of clay were joined together- it looks different than the seams on slip-cast items, which I have a lot of experience with, having worked porcelain for many years. (Family business growing up was porcelain doll replacement parts.)
There are stamps all over this little beauty- one on the bottom, two on the base of the handle one inside the lid and one inside in the center bottom of the pot.
Tool marks radiate out from the stamp in the center bottom of the pot like the rays of a sun and extend 3/4 of the way up the inside walls of the pot- they feather out about where the angle of a smoothing tool would become awkward, just under the rim.
Grit of the clay is very consistent, inside and out and *seems* to extend right into the pour-holes and vent hole, so I believe this is a solid gritted clay construction, not slip-washed with textured clay. Pour and vent holes are cleanly cut and smooth. Very nicely formed. The Foo-dog is also nicely made. He is hollow and the inner vent hole goes up into his body where it connects via the hollow space to the external vent hole between the Foo-dogs front legs.
I wish I had a better camera to take pictures, but my photos would show even less detail than the Ebay listing.
Is there anything else I should examine and report on?