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Da Hong Pao purple sand teapots are made from special clay found in the Fujian province of China. They are one of the most sought-after teapots for both their distinctive appearance and superior quality. In order to identify if a teapot is truly a Da Hong Pao purple sand teapot, there are certain characteristics that can be checked.
Firstly, it is important to check that the body of the teapot is made from purple clay. This can usually be done by looking at the surface or by tapping it to produce a sound that should be like that of striking metal or glass. Secondly, if possible, look for any traditional markings on the inside or outside of the pot which indicate its origin. Lastly, examine the lid and spout carefully as they should have been handcrafted with precision and care in order to create an airtight seal when closed.
The “Big Red Robe” clay material is produced in Yixing Dingshan Zhao Zhuang Mountain and Huangshi Yellow Rock of Jiangsu Province. When it is just dug out, it is gooseneck yellow, and after processing it turns into a gorgeous vermilion color. On the surface of the pot body, you can occasionally see small iron particles, as well as tiny silverheart pieces, which are close to extinction of the best red mud. The products made from this material are gorgeous and elegant in style, bright and fragrant or passionate, forming a clear luster when cultivated. When viewed, they give off warmth and make the viewer feel auspicious luck!
The big red robe is produced in shallow royal interlayer, those who have experienced this kind of ore must know that the color is a large red cloud with a certain amount of fine white mica fragments and an oily luster. Some ore may contain a small amount of green interlayers, which should be removed, otherwise it will become white sand after firing. The plasticity of well-mixed mud is slightly poor, and it takes shape quickly during construction with a certain amount of silt, and for the big red robe that requires high molding requirements, the usual firing temperature is distributed between 1120-1150℃ with a compression rate of 5.5%. After firing, the appearance of the large red color is similar to purple mud in terms of grain texture, with pear skin shape and virginity, softness and luster like jade.
Great Red Robes can be attributed to Zhu Ni Purple Sand, and the mud material of the Zhu Ni pot is yellow in color, but when fired it becomes red. The mud material of the Great Red Robe is naturally red in color, and the red when fired is more gorgeous than that of the Zhu Ni pot. The Zhu Ni pot has been called a “nobleman in the mud”, and the Great Red Robe is even more rare and exquisite among all Zhu Ni pots.
Identify the purple sand teapot, first learn the four steps: one look, two listen, three feel and four cherish.
One: Observe the Color: The genuine purple sand color should have a jade-like charm, no matter if it is purple, yellow, red or between the two colors. Its luster is a murky light, like it had been rubbed with oil; when rubbed more, it’s even glossier. No lacquer can be applied and no polishing can be done. Referring to the texture of old jade, the rarer and more valuable the material is due to its scarcity.
Second, listen to the sound: Purple sand pot is a high-end product of pottery, so the sound of the kettle is the sound of pottery. After making tea, the sound is dry, dumb and heavy, not as crisp as metal or porcelain. The dry and dumb sound indicates that the material is well ventilated and not crystallized inside, which can keep the aroma of tea and prevent it from changing its taste.
Three, Feel: The feel of the purple clay pot should be smooth, round and comfortable. Although there are particles, they are very round. The purple sand particles are generally suitable for 32 to 60 meshes. Through traditional manual grinding, the feel of the powder ground by stone mill is different from that of the powder ground by machine.
Four, Pot effect: Good purple sand, through the pot tea bubble a little, then use cloth to dry rub can see the dull color texture, oiliness is very heavy, the longer time it is kept, the deeper and more ancient color texture would be until it produces charming spirit of pot and connects with people.
Purple sand pot not only can be used to make tea, but also is an art piece that can be appreciated and played with. People must carefully identify the purple sand pot when purchasing it.