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Sep 18, 2022 09:53:38   #
RainierView Loc: Eatonville, WA
 
I posted a vintage teapot question back in January for identification. I received a reply it was made in Japan back before 1911. Now I see a similar one on eBay but unsigned that the add says made in China. It's very similar, but not shaped exactly the same. I'm wondering if it is a knock-off of the original. Can anyone verify this signature on the bottom is in Japanese? Or is it Chinese.


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Sep 18, 2022 10:12:36   #
lamiaceae Loc: San Luis Obispo County, CA
 
RainierView wrote:
I posted a vintage teapot question back in January for identification. I received a reply it was made in Japan back before 1911. Now I see a similar one on eBay but unsigned that the add says made in China. It's very similar, but not shaped exactly the same. I'm wondering if it is a knock-off of the original. Can anyone verify this signature on the bottom is in Japanese? Or is it Chinese.


I have a friend who grew up in Asia and reads and speaks both Chinese and Japanrse. I'll show it to her. But could you first supply a sharp not blurry photo of the writing on the Teapot. Also try rotating the pot and writing 90 degrees clockwise so it is readable.

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Sep 18, 2022 10:51:55   #
cahale Loc: San Angelo, TX
 
RainierView wrote:
I posted a vintage teapot question back in January for identification. I received a reply it was made in Japan back before 1911. Now I see a similar one on eBay but unsigned that the add says made in China. It's very similar, but not shaped exactly the same. I'm wondering if it is a knock-off of the original. Can anyone verify this signature on the bottom is in Japanese? Or is it Chinese.


You question anything quoted on Ebay? The world will end tomorrow.

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Sep 18, 2022 20:02:36   #
RainierView Loc: Eatonville, WA
 
lamiaceae wrote:
I have a friend who grew up in Asia and reads and speaks both Chinese and Japanrse. I'll show it to her. But could you first supply a sharp not blurry photo of the writing on the Teapot. Also try rotating the pot and writing 90 degrees clockwise so it is readable.


Thanks for your reply. Hope she can tell us who she sees the artist is.

The photo is not blurry, thats the way it is, but I'll take another shot with it rotated and I'll enhance it a little. Hope this is right side up.

Steve



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Sep 18, 2022 22:37:52   #
RainierView Loc: Eatonville, WA
 
cahale wrote:
You question anything quoted on Ebay? The world will end tomorrow.


HaHa!!, true. But that information came here from a fellow Hog.

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Sep 19, 2022 08:15:23   #
Canisdirus
 
Chinese and Japanese look very similar...but common sense tells me it is Japanese.

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Sep 19, 2022 08:21:21   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Canisdirus wrote:
Chinese and Japanese look very similar...but common sense tells me it is Japanese.

Jeeze, my common sense isn't that smart!
I wouldn't know the difference if it bit me.

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Sep 19, 2022 10:18:52   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Without looking at any replies, I would say Chinese.

On the other hand, seeing it upright, maybe it's Japanese. And I stand by both guesses.

No, I think it's Chinese.

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Sep 19, 2022 11:07:16   #
Canisdirus
 
Longshadow wrote:
Jeeze, my common sense isn't that smart!
I wouldn't know the difference if it bit me.


Japanese and Chinese are similar since Japanese came from the Chinese language...Chinese was the root.

I just meant for the time period and the way it is signed...it looks Japanese.

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Sep 19, 2022 11:27:36   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Canisdirus wrote:
Japanese and Chinese are similar since Japanese came from the Chinese language...Chinese was the root.

I just meant for the time period and the way it is signed...it looks Japanese.


Someone who works at a Chines restaurant should be able to tell. If it's Chinese, he could give you a translation.

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Sep 19, 2022 11:33:46   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Canisdirus wrote:
Japanese and Chinese are similar since Japanese came from the Chinese language...Chinese was the root.

I just meant for the time period and the way it is signed...it looks Japanese.



Not being cognizant of either language, I couldn't make a deduction.

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Sep 19, 2022 11:37:02   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Longshadow wrote:


Not being cognizant of either language, I couldn't make a deduction.


You're allowed to make a guess.

My final answer is Chinese. Maybe it's a language other than Chinese or Japanese.

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Sep 19, 2022 11:50:05   #
Lucian Loc: From Wales, living in Ohio
 
I think it's Japanese.

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Sep 19, 2022 12:01:18   #
Stephan G
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Someone who works at a Chines restaurant should be able to tell. If it's Chinese, he could give you a translation.


Anecdote: We used to dine at a Russian cuisine restaurant until the one day I looked at the book stacked in the bookcase. I informed the maitr d' that the books were placed up side down. He looked at me and then at the books. He apologized, stating that the old couple went back to Russia some months ago. There was no one who knew of the error until I mentioned it. Everyone else were English or Spanish speaking. The Chef/Cook was from Barbados.

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Sep 19, 2022 12:50:15   #
dlwhawaii Loc: Sunny Wailuku, Hawaii
 
My girlfriend, who is Japanese, says it is Chinese.

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