chrl42 wrote:Teaism wrote:You are right.
I know of a Korean sellers who deal antique Yixings, most of pots (in my eyes) are fakes. He doesn't have guts to take them on online, though..since there can be make attackers online. Many of pots...so expensive!
I don't claim to be expert of any kind, from now on I wanna refuse to comment such things. But it's a matter of artistic value and for ones who understand where their money go, his customers are at least the ones who can't weigh the values to money. In that, you are smarter than many Koreans. I do know his logics and formulas won't be applied in China and Taiwan.
Cheers and happy horse year!
Actually there are many reproduction grandmasters' Yixing pots made in the 90s for certain market by very highly skilled craftsman. And also a lot of grandmaster started as a reproduction craftsman. If we know that it is a reproduction and made of real good and genuine Zisha clay and very high workmanship, they can still be purchased at reasonable price for the purpose of appreciation. I have very very good reproduction Gu Jing Zhou, Xi Han Tang, Chou Quizhen and many grand masters reproduction pots and they are really very close to the real ones in terms of clay and workmanship and take an expert to spot it. But this was made known to me and I paid less than a bing of tea for a pot then, so I just enjoy its beauty. I heard pot like these even if you declared as reproduction they can easily command US$5k nowadays. That was from my past collections purchased in the 90s.
Anyway, many museums also use these reproduction pots to display and claim to be real. If you have visited some teapot museums in China in early 80s and now, you will notice that same pot on display now looks slightly different from those that was displayed.
Generally, the term of references for collection is very important. It should work in whatever terms of reference we have on what we want to collect. But still, we should not accept vendors who are out to deceive and con buyers in paying high prices for fake or reproductions without telling the truth.
So, whether right or wrong, it is good to be prudent and tread cautiously.
Happy Lunar New Year!