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106ml 80s-90s Handmade Plum Blossom Yixing Hongni Teapot

106ml 80s-90s Handmade Plum Blossom Yixing Hongni Teapot

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This is a stunningly beautiful and fully handmade red clay Yixing teapot from a Hong Kong dealer who worked closely with Yixing Factory 1 for several decades: they had enough pull to custom order pots with their own base stamp and to their own specifications and standards, and this family were involved in supplying Yixing teapots to Taiwan when they couldn't be exported there due to a trade embargo. Since Hong Kong isn't China for Customs purposes (for now), Factory 1 teapots were produced in Yixing, sold to Hong Kong dealers and then exported on to Taiwan. These teapots didn't have 'China' markings or stickers on them.

While I don't know for sure if this is a Factory 1 exclusive for the dealer, the base stamp on this teapot resembles the base stamp used in the late 70s to early 80s Green Label period by Factory 1, and the '2' marking is characteristic of Factory 1 production in the Green Label and White Label periods. The residual silica inside the teapot was used to keep the lid and body separate in the kiln, and can be easily washed off. This pot has never been used, and water has only been run through it to measure its volume.

The exterior of the pot looks like zhuni, and would be sold as such in today's market, but I am going to call this pot hongni instead since I personally think zhuni claims are thrown around far too much nowadays for clay that I don't believe is truly zhuni (or a zhuni blend). What is certain, however, is this is excellent clay, sourced from a dealer who has exacting standards for teapots and collects them himself, and the pot was truly exceptionally crafted. When the pot is laid upside down onto the mouth of the teapot, there is almost no up-and-down play when the lid and handle touch a flat surface, which is a hallmark of a top notch Yixing teapot. In today's market, there are lots of shortcuts that can be taken to make a seemingly perfect pot, but you can very much tell this one was handmade. There are very faint tool marks (cleaned up) all over this pot, so there is no doubt this pot was crafted with exacting care.

The pour is clear and smooth, and the pot empties in 22 seconds. While this is slow for some people's standards, it certainly isn't by my standards and I'd be happy to use this pot for yancha. It could also be used for pu erh or heicha if you prefer a smaller pot.

This is an extremely rare teapot and I definitely will not be able to get another one of these! I posted this teapot on Instagram several years ago and a lot of people have been waiting for me to offer this teapot up for sale!

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