This teapot has the shape of a mandarin orange with a poem that praises the this oriental fruit. The calligraphy was done by a grandmaster in engraving, Tan Quenhai.
With the depletion of resources, it is indeed a luxury to make teapot of this size out of the purplish Yixing clay. Even if you can find one in China, it is a headache shipping it back. Apart from the high shipping cost, insurance and handling fees involved, it may damage in transit.
|National master, Tan Quenhai|