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).
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.
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