An Yixing 'ox-snout' 'lotus' teapot and cover 1892-1976, signed Bei Shimin
Lot 561
An Yixing 'ox-snout' 'lotus' teapot and cover signed Pei Shimin
Sold for HK$ 524,000 (US$ 67,499) inc. premium

Lot Details
Yixing stoneware from a private Asian collection (lots 554-566)
An Yixing 'ox-snout' 'lotus' teapot and cover
signed Pei Shimin
Of cylindrical form rising to high shoulders, issuing a curved spout and a prominent C-shaped handle on opposing sides, the slightly domed cover with a flattened knop, a two-character zhuanshu seal mark impressed inside the cover, an additional three-character zhuanshu seal mark at the base.
18.7cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • Pei Shimin (1892-1979) was a famous Yixing potter who trained from a young age. Through Jiang Zuochen, he was introduced to Shanghai, where he worked for several antique shops, creating Yixing pots in the style of earlier examples. In 1955, he joined the Yixing Shushan Pottery Cooperative, where he designed Yixing stonewares. The forms of the vessels he created, both teapots and scholar's objects, were usually very special, which brought him fame. He was highly competent at restoring antique Yixing vessels, notable for restoring Ming vessels for the National Museum ofChina, and a Qing dynasty example in Nanjing Museum. His restoration work was said to be undetectable and was considered as 'Chen Mingyuan number two'.

    For a nearly identical but smaller teapot by Pei Shimian 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.126, no. 79; For examples on scholar's objects by Pei Shimin, see an Yixing stoneware 'shell' waterpot sold at these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 555.

    裴石民款紫泥牛蓋蓮子壺

    「石民」
    「裴石民」

    壺扁圓身,短彎流,正耳把,牛鼻形蓋鈕,唇口與蓋配合相吻,蓋內鈐一「石民」篆文方印。壺身素面,泥色黯沉,器面包漿瑩潤自然,平底上鈐一「裴石民」篆文方印。

    裴石民(1892-1979),宜興宜城人,名紫砂師,自少習陶器製作,後由江左臣介紹到上海,為幾家古董商仍製紫砂古代作品,1955年參加宜興蜀山陶器合作社,從事宜興紫砂設計,以造型別致,形式典雅聞名。裴氏善作紫砂茗壺、文房清玩和花果小品。他對修復古代紫砂作品也有豐富經驗,曾為現藏中國國家博物館之明代供春樹癭壺配蓋,又為現藏南京博物館清代聖思桃杯配托盤,幾可亂真,因此有「陳嗚遠第二」之美稱。

    參見羅桂祥收藏一件牛蓋蓮子壺,除體積稍小之外,其形制與本壺如出一轍,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126,圖版79。裴石民所作文房清玩,參見香港邦瀚斯拍出一件段泥蝸牛海螺水盂,2012年5月27日,拍品555。
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