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    Posted 2 months ago

    kwqd
    (796 items)

    This Oigen tetsu kyusu is 5.5" (14 cm) in diameter x 4" (10 cm) high, minus lid, handle and spout. It weighs 3 lbs (1.4 kg) and holds 24 ounces (.7 L) of water. The marked strainer survives. It was made by Oigen for Joyce Chen and also for Teavana.

    The Joyce Chen version went through at least three iterations. First, marked only with the Oigen mark under the spout with a Joyce Chen label. Second, Oigen mark under the spout and marked "JOYCE CHEN" in the mold on the bottom. Third, marked only "JOYCE CHEN" in the mold under the spout like this one. The Tevana versions had both the Oigen mark and the Teavana mark. Tevana, generally did not have the maker marks eliminated on their products. Oigen was one of the first Japanese foundries to export tetsu kyusu worldwide.

    This is one of the few "Year of the ...." kyusu distributed by Chen that I really like. I have been looking for one for awhile but many sellers ask really unreasonable prices for them, even if they are in poor condition. This one has some wear to the bottom and also a scuff to the "JOYCE CHEN" mark, but is otherwise near mint, though it has obviously been used a bit.

    It popped up on an on line auction site for just a couple of dollars over my Mr. Scrooge total for cost, tax and shipping, so even though I was basically done for the month with kyusu purchases, it was too good a deal to let pass by. It was only listed for a couple of hours with "Best Offer" and "Starting Bid" options and my offer was one cent over the starting bid option and was accepted. Yay!

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Congratulations on winning this awesome pot Kevin, the beautiful green and lively monkey design make this one of my favorites in your collection I love it (p.s., birth year of monkey, me :)
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks Jenni! Glad that you like it!

      Thanks Kevin, aura, MarmorealMaiden and Jenni!
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Very awesome indeed! I love the monkey design on this one!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, jscott0363! The monkey pot is my favorite Joyce Chen/Teavana offering. Of course, neither company still offers it and Teavana is out of business. As far as I am aware, this design is no longer being made.

      Thanks for loving my latest tetsu kyusu RichmondLori, jscott0363 and FreshAir!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Year of the Monkey tetsu kyusu Watchsearcher and fortapache!
    6. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      Such detail! The little monkeys climbing around, the leaf lid handle!
      Beautiful mint green color against the black handle makes it very special ! Love it!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Eileen! I think that this is the most animated of the various tetsu kyusu imported by Chen/Teavana. It was a crowd favorite with collectors at the time it was being imported.

      Thanks for loving my year of the monkey kyusu Eileen, Thomas and BHIFOS!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thank you Alfie21!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks dav2no1!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thank you SEAN68!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thank you LovelyPat!
    12. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for checking out my monkey teapot RichmondLori!

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