This teapot is most likely one-of-a-kind. It was made by a Taiwanese potter whose signature is on its base. Our friend of over 20 years who sold it to us told us that the potter had passed away, and a family member was selling his private collection. The potter had studied teapot making, but never went into production work.
This teapot is well made with a well-fitted lid and nicely pouring spout — and it has distinct handmade charm. It's not perfectly symmetrical, and has a non-precision handmade feel to the handle. The tip of the spout is also very slightly slanted. It has a natural, soft soapstone-like texture, with fine potter's wheel lines still faintly visible and detectible to touch in the body of the teapot.
We think these features give this pot its own unique charm. We also think that the clay will cure well to become more distinguished with use.