|my small (but growing) collection|
I have no idea of the quality of this tea pot. When I brought it home I noticed streaks of what looks like black ink or paint on it. Had someone wiped it with a dark pigment to highlight the details of the goldfish, or maybe to make it appear older than it really was? There was a curious silvery powder inside the pot too, that had accumulated around the carved goldfish and which had settled into the 7-hole screen. I have NO idea what that would be from. I tried to wipe off the black streaks with water but it didn't affect them at all.
As for the maker's marks, there's a well-defined stamp on the bottom of the pot and a not-so-well-defined stamp inside the lid. I have no idea what they say or signify, but at least it didn't have "Made in China" anywhere :) I asked the people who run the mall to give my name to the seller in the hopes that he'll contact me and maybe tell me something about the photos and the items he has for sale. It seems a great shame to lose the stories of the people connected to these beautiful things.