An Yixing 'bamboo' teapot and cover signed Chen Zhongmei
Lot 557
An Yixing 'bamboo' teapot and cover signed Chen Zhongmei
Sold for HK$ 275,000 (US$ 35,483) inc. premium
Lot Details
Yixing stoneware from a private Asian collection (lots 554-566)
An Yixing 'bamboo' teapot and cover
signed Chen Zhongmei
Naturalistically potted in the form of bamboo bunched and tied at the waist, issuing a spout and a C-shaped handle on opposing sides, the well-fitted irregular-shaped cover also surmounted by a bamboo knop, the base with kaishu inscription including the name of the artist.
13cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • For a nearly identical teapot in shape with bundled bamboo from the K. S. Lo Collection, see Hong Kong Museum of Art (ed.), Yixing Purple Clay Wares – The K.S. Lo Collection, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, p.63, no.12. See also a water vessel bearing the signature of Chen Zhongmei, from the collection of Tan Jing and Du Yuesheng, sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Hong Kong, 24 May 1978, lot 346, and again in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 546.

    陳仲美款段泥束竹柴圓壺

    「萬曆癸丑,陳仲美作」

    壺作作束竹式,短直流及單耳把皆為竹筒式,壺蓋、壺鈕飾以竹節。壺身由十六根竹節組成,中間束以藤條,竹筒表面天然紋理及裂縫均細緻修飾而出。壺底陰刻「萬曆癸丑,陳仲美作」楷書款。

    陳仲美為明代萬曆、天啟年間宜興紫砂陶名手,生卒不詳,擅將瓷雕藝術和製壺工藝結合,有「類鬼工」之譽,但其傳世作品極為少見。羅桂祥藏一件束竹柴圓壺,與本壺幾乎無異,見香港藝術館編,《宜興紫砂陶器 – 茶具文物館羅桂祥珍藏》,香港,2002年,頁63,圖版12。另參看譚敬、杜月笙舊藏一例陳仲美款紫泥摻沙仿古方盂,後於香港邦瀚斯拍賣,2012年5月27日,拍品546。此壺雖精工,然較仲美傳器尚欠火候,或為偽託款。
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