Thursday, 8 August 2013

Teapots ot the 70s

The years of the 1970s were full of turbulence and uncertainties as the Cultural Revolution was at its climax. Teapot production was strictly scrutinized. Potters were not allowed to leave their marks on the teapots they made. It was a crime back then to glorify personal efforts or be famous for personal gains. Hence teapots made during those years normally have a stamp at the back of the teapots with words such as China Yixing. Some recognized potters used pseudo names on the cover of the teapot for identification purposes. In those cases, the characters used were very small so as not to arouse suspension from the authority. If you are observant, you may be able to pick up some teapots of this period made by craftsmasters or even nation masters.

Alans Museum has quite a number of such teapots made during the cultural revolution.
A brown zisha teapot

A purplish zisha teapot

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