Identifying a yixing?
I got this for a song from someone selling for a friend who was a jeweller. All the other auctions were of jewellery, and the guy was annoyed how cheap I got it.
Was claimed to be 19th century, and it looks the part – although I know dirt can be faked easily enough, but the rough style certainly looks handmade.
Nevertheless it slipped under the radar, nobody even looking at it, let alone bidding. I got it for as cheap as a new factory pot.
Thoughts, possibility of it being genuine yixing, or even as old as the claim?
while it looks old, it reminds me of some cheap, factory made pots they sell on Taobao.
I wouldn’t touch that pot with a ten foot pole
It looks like the lowest grade of modern knockoff…very poorly made and heavy fake patina. Tea and age won’t make a teapot look like that alone…it would take some serious paint! LOL
It does look much like cheap new factory made pots I have seen advertised for between $10 and $20. I have seen them mostly on Taobao. In fact a bought a couple of new pots in this style that I got really cheap. When I say in this style I do not mean the exact same pot but dragon motifs etc, similar to the one on your pot.
The Chinese seem to be willing to fake anything to do with tea. They fake the tea and they fake the pots. You don’t know who and what to trust anymore.
MarshalN wrote an old blog post on faked pots: http://www.marshaln.com/2012/03/tuition-pots/
Do you have a picture of the inside of the pot?
The stamp on the bottom seems right but it should also have a stamp on the inside of the lid. http://litaxulingkelley.blogspot.com/p/yixing-teapot-makers-marks.html this is a list of the stamps if you believe it to be a real antique
also check out this site https://yixingteapot1.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/how-to-identify-an-authentic-yixing-teapot/
other markers of a yixing tea pot is the sound and the way water drys on the tea pot.