Yixing stoneware from a private Asian collection (lots 554-566)
An Yixing 'narcissus' teapot and cover
signed Wang Yinchun Finely potted in Ming-style with six-lobed haitang sides, the recessed base surmounted by a compressed body, flanked on each side with a spout and a C-shaped handle, the cover surmounted by a circular knop, the base inscribed with kaishu inscription, the inside cover with a two-character kaishu inscription within an oval border. 15.4cm wide. (2).
Wang Yinchun (1897-1977) is a native of Shangyuan village, Yixing. He started working as an apprentice at twelve years old under the supervision of Jin Ahshou. He was known particularly for his speed and accuracy in making Yixing teapots which are usually square, hexagonal, octagonal, barved and floral-lobed shapes. In 1935, he started reproducing Yixing teapots made by the old masters. It is this later period which affected his style and thence influenced his later masterpieces.
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