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Bamboo Handled teapot by Zheng Qiu Biao 87. Bamboo Handled zisha clay teapot by Zheng Qiu Biao, Yixing, China

We had been looking for an artist who makes a teapot in this style, and, finally, we found Zheng Qiu Biao.

The teapot is dome shaped with bamboo decoration, and the handle it made to look like a bamboo stalk.  It is a classic design.

To see more of the teapot art by Zheng Qiu Biao, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Zheng Qiu Biao Page.
  $1,700   250cc  
bamboo rhyme: teapot art by Wu Dong Jun 88. Bamboo Rhyme: zisha teapot art by Wu Dong Jun, Yixing

We liked the unusual off-center shape of this teapot.  Its simple, clean style is accented with bamboo themes in the handle and spout, and the lid has an overlay with cut-outs to make the pull.

To see more of the art of Wu Dong Jun, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Wu Dong Jun Page.
  $550   375cc
36. Tree Stump with Frog & Beetle: Yixing zisha Tea Set by Cheng Dong Zhu

This teapot is in the tree stump theme with a little bit of whimsy.  As in all of these teapots, in this tree stump series, the body is done in yellow clay with "splits" in the wood as would happen with a real dying stump.  Then, they are covered with a rough brown clay to mimic bark, which is beginning to peal off of the wood.  Added touches include multiple branch work on the handle, spout, and lid-pull.  The result is one of the most realistic renditions of this theme that we have seen.

In this teapot, there is a frog sneaking up the side of the pot ready to pounce on a beetle on the lid-pull, giving it a very fun and charming appeal.  The beetle has his wings slightly open to show his little segmented body.

As with all of the teapots, in this series, it comes with four cups, like the ones shown, in item #25, on the Cheng Dong Zhu Page.
  $300   150cc  
Domed Teapot by Xu Zhong Fang   Ancient Charm, zisha teapot art with calligraphy by Xu Zhong Fan, Yixing, China

We like traditional shaped teapots, especially when they are finished with touches, like calligraphy.
Guo Shan Monument 28. Guoshan Monument reproduction of original design by Wu Pei Ling

This is an interesting design for a teapot, originally done by a very famous older contemporary teapot artist, Wu Pei Ling.  It is a tribute to the monument of national unity on Guoshan Mountain. Done in mostly red clay, the technique, here, involves, also, mixing streaks of black and yellow clays to make striping, which is actually the common means of making multi-colored teapots in Yixing.  The chain link, connecting the lid to the teapot handle, is another symbol of unity, which is the purpose of the original monument.  There is also writing in Chinese characters, on the body of the teapot, just as there is on the original.

We show a picture of the original, in the hyperlinked page.  We like Wu Pei Ling and think that he is a very nice man, but we are also happy that someone has made this reproduction, which we can offer at about 100th the cost of an original.
  $350   550cc  
Frog and Fish teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen 10. Frog and Lucky Fish zisha teapot art by Jiang Mei Zhen (蒋美珍), Yixing, China

This is a taller teapot in the lotus blossom theme, so it has a more formal look.  It also has a playful frog lid-pull and fish spout with lily pads on the top and the handle.

The lotus is a common teapot theme with many variations, and this one is adorable.

To see more of the teapot art of Jiang Mei Zhen, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please visit the Jiang Mei Zhen Pages.

  $1,000   300cc  
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