Spot the difference game — 8 Comments

  1. In terms of color, to say the one on the bottom b/c of the unusually orange clay. In terms of “burnishing” (if that’s the right term), I’ll have to say the one on the left b/c it appears to be the most porous/dull and least smooth. I terms of ornamentation, the one on the bottom b/c it’s of a less “classical” design than the others.

  2. It seems there are different ways to sort the pots, and for each criteria, there is a pot which is different of the other.
    1. The provenance: just by looking at the earth used, the one on the left (the one you presented last week) do hardly look like the Yixing pot I’ve seen before.
    2. The age: Both in the back seems to have less patina than the others, but the photo do not permit better assumptions (the left one seems to have less patina, but not sure). About the finish of the Shi Piao, the cuts of the hold of the lid are more precisely cut, what is more common for newer pots, but it has many more patina (more used?). And the front one has so much patina that it could be a (very) old one…
    3. The front one is a pot from an artist, the other are very classical shapes with not so good finish (as far as I can see on the picture) and could be mass production.

    Is one of these assumptions good?

  3. 9 o’clock terracotta pot just does not seem right to me, and that lid would drive me nuts.

    I don’t usually like gong chun pots, but that bottom one keeps drawing my eye in a good way.

  4. From a functional stand point, the shi piao one can’t stop pour by blocking the hole.
    But really, that one a 9’oclock probably can’t either since the lid fit seems terrible.

  5. By the look of the clay texture, I’d say the one on the left, at about 9:00, is terra cotta rather than hong ni; it does not seem to have the requisite grit, and also the color is wrong.

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