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Any artwork as long as its value is valued, forgeries will follow like a shadow. The same applies to purple sand pots. Therefore, it is important to learn to appreciate and recognize pots.

Identifying the Authenticity of a Purple Sand Teapot

One is mud tire soil.

Soil from different ages is derived from different mineral veins, and the color, particle size, and luster texture vary.

In the ancient times, pottery was in its early stages of grinding and composition, with mining close to the surface, thus making its mud rough and light in color. The “Tianqing Mud” from late Qing Dynasty also differed from that of previous dynasties; the sand particles were coarse enough to be carved with a bamboo knife or wooden stamp.

Second is craftsmanship, purple sand pottery people will have different styles, such as the smooth and delicate surface, the thickness and straightness of the lines, the round and sharp outlines and so on.

The third is the temperament charm, among the works of famous masters, there is an inimitable charm and spirit. This is the most important criterion for distinguishing it. With superb artistic attainments and skilled production techniques, as well as a deep understanding of the performance of mud materials and a grasp of the kiln temperature atmosphere, it has its own uniqueness. The fourth is painting and calligraphy characteristics. Landscape, flowers, birds and figures are connected with contemporary paintings and calligraphy. Calligraphy seals will have more personal characteristics. From composition, from knife method, speed, proficiency degree, it is very difficult to imitate by counterfeiters. In addition, it can be distinguished from modeling style and seal identification.

First learn four steps to identify genuine purple clay teapots: 1. Look, 2. Listen, 3. Touch, 4. Maintain.

I. Look at the Color: The color of pure purple sand should have a jade-like flavor, no matter if it’s purple, yellow, red or any combination between them. Its luster should be gloomy and bright like it has been oiled, the brighter after rubbing. No lacquer should be applied and no polishing can be done. Refer to the texture of old jades for effect. The rarer and more valuable the texture is because its resources are limited.

Second, listen to the sound: Purple sand teapot is an exquisite pottery, so the sound of the pot is the sound of pottery. After brewing tea, the sound is sandy, dumb and heavy, not as crisp as metal or porcelain. The sandy and dumb sound indicates that the material has good breathability, no crystal inside, can keep the fragrance of tea, and not easy to change its taste.

Third, Feel: The feel of a purple clay pot should be smooth and comfortable, although there are grains but they are very round. The grains of purple clay usually range from 32 mesh to 60 mesh, which is suitable for the traditional manual processing. The feel of the powder ground by stone mill is different from that processed by machine.

Fourth, Teapot Effect: Good purple sand, after a small amount of tea is brewed in the teapot and used to rub on cloth, a dull luster and heavy oiliness can be seen. The longer it is kept, the deeper the color and texture becomes, until it produces the spirit of the teapot and connects with people mentally.