A Yixing 'prunus trunk' teapot
Lot 567
An Yixing 'prunus trunk' teapot and cover Late Qing dynasty, signed Yu Feng
HK$ 30,000 - 50,000
US$ 3,900 - 6,500

Lot Details
Various Owners
An Yixing 'prunus trunk' teapot and cover
Late Qing dynasty, signed Yu Feng
Naturalistically potted in simulation of a section of a prunus trunk with the natural crevices vividly depicted, carved in high relief with a flittering bat flying next to the gnarled bamboo branches forming the handle on one side and a spout issuing foliated tendrils on the other, the flattened cover surmounted by a branch with luxuriant flower buds constituting the knop, a classic foliated scrolls enclosing a two-character and Manchu seal mark at the base, the clay of reddish hue.
18.8cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • For a closely related teapot simulating a tree-trunk from the K. S. Lo Collection, see K. S. Lo, The Stonewares of Yixing – From the Ming period to the Present Day, London, 1986, p. 155, pl.83. The teapot is dated to the late nineteenth century and bears the same potter's signature along with two Manchu characters as shown on current example. It is suggested by K. S. Lo that the Manchu characters with the dragon-like frame appearing on the seal mark may indicate that this particular type of teapot was made for Manchu officials towards the end of the Qing dynasty, ibid, p.216.

    清晚期 紫泥梅竹樹樁形壺

    「豫豐」
    「貢局」

    壺圓筒身,平肩,淺圈足,梅莊式三彎流,竹節式正耳把,平蓋梅莊鈕,蓋上塑盛開梅花。壺身一面塑一枝蒼松及樹洞,另一面飾竹葉及蝙蝠。壺底鈐「豫豐」及滿文龍紋邊框印。

    羅桂祥認為此類樹樁式茶壺均為十九世紀後半葉產品,大多拘泥於仿生形式,並且很少帶有工匠款識,而帶有滿文款識的砂壺則或為滿清官員所定制,參見羅桂祥藏一件類似的樹樁壺,同樣鈐「豫豐」及滿文款,羅桂祥著,《The Stonewares of Yixing – From the Ming period to the Present Day》,倫敦,1986年,頁155,圖版83。
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