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Purple-clay pots from Old Factory are highly valued by collectors. However, there are many fake ones sold on the market. Here is some advice to help you differentiate between genuine and fake purple-clay pots:
1. Look at the bottom of the pot – The genuine purple-clay pot usually has a clear bottom pattern, with a plain or slightly rough texture. Fake pots often have a bright and even pattern, and are too smooth to touch.
2. Observe the edge of the pot – This is another good way to tell whether a pot is genuine or not. Genuine ones normally have rough edges with tiny bumps while fake ones tend to be even, indicating that they were machined rather than handmade.
3. Feel the weight of the pot – Genuine purple-clay pots typically feel heavier than fake ones since real ones consist of pure clay while fakes could be made up of other materials such as stone powder and resin glue etc.
By following these simple steps, you can easily identify genuine purple-clay pots from Old Factory from fake ones!
Recently, there have been many questions from ceramic enthusiasts about the authenticity of Laoyi Factory pots. Here is an explanation:
1. There are many fake Laoyi Factory pots on the internet, as well as genuine ones that are circulating in the market.
2. Since 2005, all Laoyi Factory pots have been marked with the characters ‘Laoyi’.
3. In addition, Laoyi Factory has introduced new design styles and printed ‘Laoyi’ characters on both inner and outer surfaces of the pots as well as on their bottoms.
Now generally defined as the higher-end commercial pots produced by the original Yixing Zisha Craft Factory in Jiangsu Province from 1977 to 1997, the Lao Yi Factory Purple Sand Pot was mainly used for export at that time. To identify the authenticity of a Lao Yi Factory pot, look for the following points:
1. Mud material: Mud material from Well No. 4 of Huanglong Mountain.
2. Form: Mostly shaped and designed by predecessors, masters and famous craftsmen.
Kiln Fire: It was made by burning heavy oil in a tunnel kiln in the same year, but it was demolished due to pollution in 2002.
4. Craftsmanship: After all, it’s the teapots of that year in bulk, not delicate enough, and because it was fired once, the lid was not tight enough, but firing once was also more conducive to tea making.
5. Distinguishing marks: Whether it is the Early Chinese Yixing ware, Jingxi ware or later personalised wares, there are distinguishing techniques to be learnt once one is familiar with them.
Engraving: At that time, the factory was engraved by each small group of engraving workshop, which could be identified after being familiar with.
There are currently many counterfeit replicas of the Old One Factory Pot on the market, with approximately the following situations:
B、What is known as plant version pot: In the mid to late 90s, management of the old factory was chaotic. Many craftsmen not only worked in the factory but also made pots at home in the evening. Among them, 1245 may be fine, but the kiln fire is not fired by tunnel kiln.
The so-called Hong Kong and Taiwan merchants customized teapots: there may be differences from 1 to 6, and some even fabricate “the old worker brigade of the first factory” and “directly supervised by XXX master”, etc.
C. The so-called “Steel Mold Round Mark Pot”: Although the bottom is stamped with a round mark using a steel mold, it is not produced by the old factory.
D. The so-called Old Factory Mud Pot: Basically unrelated to the mud from the Old Factory.
Some low-quality knockoffs.
Due to this very reason, the authentic Lao Yi Factory purple sand pot has been sought after by purple sand enthusiasts for its “superior quality genuine kiln fire foot, irreplaceable and unreplicable”.