An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu
Lot 208
An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu
Sold for HK$ 3,860,000 (US$ 497,293) inc. premium

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An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu An Yixing stoneware brushpot Qianlong
An Yixing stoneware brushpot
Qianlong, signed Yang Jichu
Of broad cylindrical form, the heavily potted body of pale beige stoneware, the exterior intricately decorated in coloured slip with a continuous landscape scene, portraying a sage in a pavilion depicting gazing out at a river landscape, an attendant depicted walking up the pavilion, passing by rocky landscape, with a lone fisherman casting his rod from a sampan, the base impressed with three-character zhuanshu seal mark.
16cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., 1970s

    Illustrated 出版:
    Paul Moss, I-Hsing-Tea-Taste, Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, vol.10, no.3, September 1978, pg.10, fig.17.

    It is rare to find an Yixing stoneware brushpot decorated in 'coloured slip' decoration, and the current example appears to be one of the finest published examples of its type. There is however a brushpot with almost identical decoration in the Palace Museum, Beijing, inscribed with a six-character Qianlong seal mark instead of a Yang Jichu seal mark and illustrated in Yixing Zisha Wares in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2009, p.184, pl.103 (fig.1). This appears to be a brushpot made as Imperial tribute, or commissioned by the Qianlong emperor. For another Yixing stoneware brushpot bearing Yang Jichu's mark, also preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see ibid, p.186, pl04 (fig.2); See also a slightly smaller Yang Jichu brushpot, formerly in the Wellington Wang collection, sold at China Guardian, Beijing, 21 November 2010, lot 2167 (fig.3); and another brushpot, illustrated in An Illustrated Collection of Fine Stonewares of Yangxian, Taipei, 1985, pg.40 (fig.4).


    Yang Jichu is renowned for his outstanding craftsmanship on Yixing stoneware brushpots, particularly slip-decorated ones, created in the Yongzheng and Qianlong reigns (1723-95). In chongkan jingxi xianzhi, or The Republished Jingxi Gazetteer, complied by Tang Zhongmian during the Qing dynasty, Yang Jichu was recorded as being active at the same time as the Yixing master Chen Hanwen, who is said to be the brother of Chen Mingyuan (Tang, 1793).

    清乾隆 段泥彩繪山水人物紋筆筒

    「楊季初」篆文方印

    大筆筒成圓柱形,寬圈足,底鈐「楊季初」篆文方印。筆筒泥繪人物山水,前景飾有山石及柳樹,後帶出伺童端茶在長廊走過,在茅舍裡坐著文人雅士,悠然地觀賞荷塘美景,水鴨往來,好不熱鬧,往後有一漁人泛舟垂釣,充滿詩意。段泥質細潔淨,適合泥繪,工匠妙用泥的不同厚度,如薄皴擦描繪石頭紋理,用厚重紫泥表現柳樹幹的質感,泥質厚薄不同使整體更具表現力,引人入勝。

    故宮博物院現藏一件清乾隆彩繪山水人物紋大筆筒,是為朝廷專門在宜興定制的宮廷紫砂文房用品,不論在內容、構圖以及描繪技法上,皆與本筆筒一致,唯故宮博物院藏品鈐「大清乾隆年製」款,見故宮博物院:《故宮博物院藏宜興紫砂》,頁184-185,圖版103。故宮博物院另外藏有另一件鈐有「楊季初」篆文方印的彩繪筆筒,見同書,頁186,圖版104。同鈐有「楊季初」款的泥堆筆筒,有王度先生舊藏段泥山石花卉紋筆筒,見《紫泥菁英-紫砂古器遺珍》,2010年11月21日,拍品編號2167。

    楊季初,清雍正、乾隆時(1723 – 1795年)宜興紫砂名師。宜興人。工治壺,更擅長製作筆筒文具,亦精通泥繪。清人唐仲冕於《重刊荊溪縣志》(清光緒刻本)卷四中曾記錄:「楊季初,菱花壺甚工,與陳漢文同時。」,然而傳世品中未見菱花壺。所製砂器通常均有「楊季初」篆文方印。
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