chrl42 wrote:looks like 'Qing Yin Zhong Guo~' early-80's Shui Ping?
Thanks chrl42! I have to admit, I can't read the chops, so I don't know which pot you are referring to.
He's talking about the one w/ 22 or 23 character seal, I think to the right of the flower in the shot where they're upside-down. These were pots commissioned by the CNNP (Xiamen Branch) and the front usually says "Qing Yin Zhongguo Wulong Cha" usually translated as something like "Please Drink Chinese Oolong Tea". There are also some tea boats and other accessories which go with them (and an earlier series of pots which just has text with the name for the CNNP Fujian Tea Export Co, Xiamen Branch in Chinese on the front with a standard 4 character Yixing Zhongguo seal).
All of these pots are widely faked, and the originals spanned quite a period of time (I believe there are some later "official" ones from Factory #2, but most should be from #1 Factory). I have quite a few of them, but none that I'm 100% convinced is authentic. Many of the fakes are good pots in their own right, and at this point, some of the fakes are also fairly old. I have a more recent acquisition which I think is the most credible so far... sadly, it has what is either a tool mark or a hairline crack, so I haven't been using it yet.
More info than you wanted to know, some pics of pots and seals, many of them probably fake, at:http://teadrunk.org/viewtopic.php?id=50
Also, have been enjoying these links I posted there, some retro illustrations of tea making, which feature some of these pieces of teaware:
Chinglish link: http://www.china-xmtea.com/doccen/cywh.asp
Simplified Chinese: http://www.china-xmtea.com/doccjp/cywh.asp