How can you tell if a Yixing teapot is real?

How can you tell if a Yixing teapot is real?

There are four kinds of ‘imperfections’ which can be found on true Yixing Teapots: 1) Tiny white spots; 2) Tiny black spots; 3) Tiny holes on parts of the surface; 4) Tiny bumps on the surface.

How much do Yixing teapots cost?

An authentic good quality Yixing teapot should not cost lower than $50-$100 USD. Any lower and it’s probably not the best quality. Although they can go much higher in price, be careful not to overpay.

Why are Yixing teapots so expensive?

Generally, the price of Yixing teapots are dependent on such factors such as age, clay, artist, style and production methods. The more expensive pots are shaped by hand using wooden and bamboo tools to manipulate the clay into form, while cheaper Yixing pots are produced by slipcasting.

How old is my Yixing teapot?

Teaparker’s 3 tricks to identify an old Yixing teapot

  1. The handle. It should be a little thinner on top than below. (
  2. The knob (the little ball) on top of the lid has a size and shape that’s in harmony with the rest of the teapot.
  3. The spout should have some beautiful curves.

How do I know if my teapot is valuable?

One of the best ways to date your teapot is to examine its features. A common indicator that your teapot is old is by looking at the spout holes. If there are three or four, it’s an antique. Since these teapots were made by hand, look for irregular circles and slight imperfections around the holes.

How do I choose a Yixing teapot?

A Yixing teapot should only be used for one type of tea. High-fired teapots with a finer, thinner clay are excellent for use with any tea and a must for Green, White and Oolong teas. Low-fired teapots that use a thicker and more porous clay work best for Black Tea (called Red Tea in China) and Pu-Erh Tea.

Are Yixing teapots safe?

With its slow heat transfer, an Yixing teapot is also safe to hold and use without burning your hands. The special clay absorbs the fragrance of tea. If you well nourished and frequently used teapot in plain water, the water will start smell and taste like tea!

What is zisha clay?

Also known as zisha (宜興紫砂) ware, they are typically left unglazed and use clays that are very cohesive and can form coils, slabs and most commonly slip casts. These clays can also be formed by throwing. The best known wares made from Yixing clay are Yixing clay teapots, tea pets, and other teaware.

How can you tell if a teapot is antique?

Are Yixing teapots fired?

Pine wood is used as fuel for the kiln. Yixing teapots are fired for 3 days and 4 nights in the wood kiln.