1. The cap must be firm and should not move around easily.
2. The body must not feel grainy.
3. The knob on the cap must be ergonomic and in sync with the rest of the
4. The body should be able to hold substantial water.
5. The teapot which is artistic and valuable USUALLY but not always contain
enough tea to serve 2-3 persons and not masses
6. TeoChew teapots are generally not valuable except for a few teapots that
were made in the early postwar years.
7. When water is poured out of the teapot, it should come out in a beautiful
8. The handle should be erogonomic and enable one to hold the teapot
9. The mouth may have a net to catch unwanted tea leaves.
10. The hardness of the body should be just right. If too hard , that means
that the teapot artist has used too much metallic elements and may be
brittle and break easily.
11. The colour should not be dyed.
12. The shape should be flowing and there should not be awkward proportions.
13. Expert collectors do not collect 1990s teapots. They like those that are
made in Qing Dynasty, Republic of China 1911-1949,early postwar, teapots
made in the cultural revolution 1970s and in the 1980s.
14. Unusual shapes usually indicate high craftsmanship
15. Teapot should be made of purple clay or zhu ni clay.
16. Be careful of those with high lead content.
17. Usually, the bottom of the teapot cap would have the name of the artist
engraved or moulded onto it.
18. Good teapots tend to have skin that feel brittle and its walls are usually
thinner than the inferior or imitation pots.
To see whether a teapot is good or not, one of the many indicators is
flipping the teapot over and see whether the mouth of the sprout, the
opening on the body and the handle are at the same height, thus the teapot
should be able to stand firmly on the table upside down. However, this rule
does not apply on some teapot shapes that are unusual. It applies to most
conventional shapes though.
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