What is your favourite Yixing teapot shape?

De Zhong
2
3%
Duo Qiu
3
5%
Fang Gu
5
8%
Han Bian
0
No votes
Liu Fang
0
No votes
Li Xing
2
3%
Qing Quan
0
No votes
Rou Bian
0
No votes
Rong Tian
0
No votes
Shi Piao
3
5%
Shui Ping/Biao Zhun
24
41%
Tai Jian
1
2%
Tseng Lan
0
No votes
Wen Dan
1
2%
Xi Shi
18
31%
Other
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 59

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Favourite Yixing teapot shape

by bagua7 » Jan 2nd 13 11:19 pm

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

by fdrx » Jan 2nd 13 11:47 pm

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

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:mrgreen:
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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

by tingjunkie » Jan 2nd 13 11:50 pm

^ 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

by tea_love » Jan 3rd 13 12:20 am

+ 1 shuiping shape. For some unknown reasons I especially love the shape...

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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

by brandon » Jan 3rd 13 1:20 am

The well proportioned Si Ting is like a dream...

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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

by debunix » Jan 3rd 13 2:17 am

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

by bagua7 » Jan 3rd 13 3:15 am

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

by tingjunkie » Jan 3rd 13 4:02 am

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

by wyardley » Jan 3rd 13 4:26 am

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

by tingjunkie » Jan 3rd 13 4:51 am

Great info wyardley! Thanks.

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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

by debunix » Jan 3rd 13 6:48 am

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

by bagua7 » Jan 3rd 13 9:27 am

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

by Alex » Jan 3rd 13 9:28 am

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

by tkellyd » Jan 4th 13 12:45 am

Ha ha, Alex. Very funny . . . :lol:

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Re: Favourite Yixing teapot shape

by Tead Off » Jan 4th 13 5:42 am

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).
Tseng Lan .jpg
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