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From its practical value in ancient times to its artistic value in modern times, Zisha teapots are becoming increasingly popular among collectors. Instead of merely being used for drinking tea, people are now collecting a variety of artworks, such as paintings and Zisha teapots, which have become highly sought-after on the art market. As one of the most sought-after collections, a good knowledge is needed to collect Zisha teapots in order to avoid mistakes. Here are some common mistakes made when collecting Zisha teapots, so you can learn from them and save yourself from making the same errors going forward.

Collecting purple sand teapots is not only a technical activity but also a form of behavioral art. Under the “teacher system” in Yixing Purple Sand Pot industry, it is difficult for some famous masters to pass on their name and reputation. In the collection field of Yixing purple sand pot, everyone worships the high-skilled workers and masters. Under this inverse elimination system, mediocrities often occupy top positions, while outstanding people are in the wild and perhaps only can shine behind them. Of course, even if the well-deserved celebrities and experts have works that are not excellent every time. Sometimes due to social obligations, physical health, low mood and other reasons, low-quality mediocre or unsatisfactory purple sand products will be created. In addition, in the artistic career of famous workers and masters throughout their life, there is often a very large gap between the level of their early, mid and late works. You must not think that his apprentices’ purple sand pots have the same artistic investment collection value as his works when he was prosperous during his fame period.

Misconceptions of Yixing Zisha Teapots Collecting

The first collection standard should be the era of the purple clay pot.

Many people think that the older the purple sand pot is, the better, because the old pot has a long history, carrying strong historical and cultural atmosphere. As a carrier of culture and art, it has great collection value. Therefore, they specially collect old pots to wait for its appreciation. In fact, this approach has high risks.

Many people believe that older purple sand teapots are better due to their long-standing history and rich cultural significance as vessels of culture and art with great potential for collectors’ value. As such, there is a tendency to specifically collect vintage teapots in anticipation of their appreciation in value. However, this poses significant risk.

It is wrong to put the age of a purple sand pot as the first collection criterion. The key to measuring the value of a purple sand pot for collection is still its artistic value. Of course, the age of the pot is an additional value. In terms of artistic value, apart from works with historical benchmarking such as Shi Da-bin and Chen Ming-yuan, most old purple sand pots are made as daily necessities, not paying much attention to craftsmanship, and not as delicate as today’s purple sand pots. However, some pots may have enough age but lack artistic value and thus no collection value. Therefore, we should take more important factors such as shaping technique, workmanship, artistic modeling and raw materials into consideration when collecting a pot, instead of assuming that an old pot must have collection value; many times those with a shorter age can be more artistic than those with a longer one.

Special reminder to everyone that there are very few intact old purple sand teapots on the market, and it takes a lot of expertise to judge the authenticity of old purple sand teapots. To meet consumers’ needs, fake purple sand teapots made with new teapots are often sold in the market. Inexperienced collectors can easily be deceived. In most cases, old teapots on the market are fake, while true ones from famous makers are often hard to find.

The higher the profile, the higher the collection value.

It is true that the author’s fame should be taken into account when collecting purple clay teapots, but it does not necessarily mean that the higher the fame, the higher the collection value. The author’s fame is only one of the considerations for investment and collection. For example, for contemporary famous artists, they generally have early, middle and late creation stages, and the works of each period are quite different in technique. Therefore, even if they are from the same author, there will be great differences in collection value during different creation periods. If only blindly pursue craftsman’s fame and high title, but ignore purple clay teapot collection technology and artistic value, it is also inadequate.

Furthermore, modern purple clay teapots have a high water content mixed in, and merchants will heavily package the author’s identity, such as awards received, president of the XXX Association, works collected by which museum, etc. There are also famous authors who use subcontracting to deceive consumers in order to increase production, and such purple clay teapots are not worth collecting.

From the above, we should take a rational view of famous master potters. The quality of the work is more important than the name of the maker.

Three, Market performance as the basis for collection investment

Some collectors will pay special attention to the purple sand auction market, using the hammer price as a yardstick to measure the value of similar purple sand teapots.

There is no doubt that market performance serves as a barometer for investment and collection. However, it often happens that the market performance of some artwork does not correspond to its actual artistic value, and the purple sand pot purchased just for the sake of following the trends may not meet future aesthetic standards and thus fail to appreciate in value. Therefore, it is biased to assume that high prices are always paid for good works.

Here are some suggestions for collecting purple sand pots, which can be used as references:
1. Understand the quality of the pot and its history;
2. Observe the workmanship carefully when buying a pot;
3. Choose according to your own needs and financial situation;
4. Pay attention to whether there is any genuine certificate when purchasing;
5. Consult experts or professionals in the field if necessary.

Art investors and collectors who are devoted to pottery can choose works of leading figures or representative figures in the industry (ranging from 6,000 to 60,000 yuan or even higher) for collection and investment. These works of leading figures can be collected in several pieces, or affluent pottery fans are advised to collect a whole set since their market value is likely to be promising in the future.

Playing with a purple-clay teapot can be diversified, which can better improve the entry level of players or collectors and the playing and appreciation realm. The visual impact of works in different price ranges on pot friends is completely different, which is beneficial to the cultivation of various emotions.

Pottery enthusiasts who are interested in both enjoying and investing in collecting can choose several works by craftspeople of both strength and potential. Works from each teacher can be collected systemically as a set or a few representative pieces; one can also pick a few personal representative works from craftspeople that show strength and potential.

The teapot friends necessary for plain tea tasting can be freely chosen in terms of price, as long as you like the model and the price is acceptable. It is worth noting that attention should be paid to the clay and workmanship of the works, which have always been regarded as the basic elements affecting the quality of the works. Purple sand pot is a daily necessity, only natural purple sand pot can play a certain health and taste effect on human body.

In a nutshell, collectors of purple sand ware who want to have better investment returns must have an appetite for learning, be good at delving into it, have a unique vision and understand the art of purple sand ware in order to develop good market predictive capabilities.