Antique treasures

These pots tell long stories of the past and are rarities that move my heart. To imagine and to see what they have gone through and how their past was, makes these pots very special and very alive. They are jewels in my collection and in accordance with their age I treat them very fondly. If you by chance have any antique pots for sale or know other sources, I would be very happy if you contact me directly.

Green Penjing-Pot

This pot has many many years of history behind it. I imagine who probably built it although I actually know nearly nothing about it except the events of the last 6 months before I got it. These were very turbulent.
Several years ago this pot was shipped from China to the Bonsai Centre in Heidelberg. There it spent its time in a display case and was seemingly not really noticed. It is unclear whether it was for sale or not. What I know is that after the dissolution of the Bonsai Centre in Heidelberg a few years ago it was sold as part of the bankruptcy estate. The new owner decided to give this pot along with some others to a clearance centre for selling it and earning some profit from these artifacts from the former focal point for bonsai in Europe. The process of photographing a certain amount of the pots, uploading them to an appropriate webshop and linking them into an internet auction site took a few weeks. One of these pots was the one pictured here. Accidentally! A few weeks later a very good friend of mine noticed the pot. The listed price was beyond good and evil; it was totally unrealistic and so he showed me the pot just for my interest and the story seemed to end here. Months later, I again found the pot on the internet. The price had dropped significantly, and I began to think a little about purchasing the pot now. The estimated size was 68x36cm - a size that only could be planted with difficulty, so the pot would most probably just become an exhibit, if I bought it. The photo, which showed the pot was extremely blurred, had a bad perspective and any buyer would be taking a certain risk. Time passed while I kept on thinking about it until I nearly forgot the pot. The summer festival of bonsai-fachforum.de happened and I had committed to a lot of spending on other things which nearly led to me not being interested in the pot any more. That was then. Suddenly it popped itself back in my mind and I was unable to get it out.
To cut the story short, the pot now just had to be bought so I ordered it and waited. A few days later after I had asked the seller to pack the pot extremely carefully, I received a shipping confirmation. Again a few days later, without having had a notification from a delivery man in the mail, I received an email:

"Unfortunately, an error occurred in the item description. We sell the pots on behalf of a client and we received photographs and measurements from our client. During the packaging preparations it was determined that the pot is significantly different to the specified dimensions. Measurements specified in the offer were 68 x 36 cm. In fact the dimensions of the pot are 33 x 25 cm. We therefore need to cancel the sale because the goods are not as described. We will refund the paid amount back to your account. If you want a different purchase, please send a short message. We can only apologize for the mistake. "

In the meantime I had spoken to Peter Krebs several times to get some more information on the pot and I was aware that I still wanted to have it, though it was not even half as big now! Actually even because of this I wanted the pot now. 

So I called the seller again, asking him to send the pot now. Once more I was happily awaiting the hopefully soon arriving package.

Meanwhile the owner decided that he actually did not really want to sell the pot at all as it allegedly had been his mistake to give it to the reseller for sale. So I had to wait another day. The next day I got another call: 'The pot is coming to you.' Again I had to wait for days without any package alerts until a neighbour taped a note to my door that he had received my package.
The moment of truth was at hand. I opened the box carefully and what came out was a completely different, not at all similar pot in turquoise. The same evening, I called the seller on his private cell phone number that I now knew.
No acknowledgment, just: "That cannot be true!".
So once more I had to wait one day because all pots were kept in an storage building in another city. Then the redemption: "The original pot is still in the warehouse; there was a misunderstanding"
As before, fearfully I had to wait again. Will the pot really be 68x36 cm tall? Will it arrive intact? Was the whole story a bad buy from the beginning, because the picture had camouflaged the pot's poor state?

But the story has a happy ending at last.
Now I am very delighted to have one more historical piece in my collection and to be able to show it here.

The pot was made at the latest in 1920 and is possibly even older. In particular its age can be dated by the fact that the edge of the pot was not glazed, because in the relevant potteries such pots were directly put above one another for firing. So if the edges had been glazed the pots would have been sticking together.