An exquisite Yixing stoneware 'three friends of winter' teapot and cover
Signed Chen Mingyuan
Naturalistically potted in the shape of a tree stump, the body depicting growing sanyou of pine, bamboo and plum blossom, all tied together at the waist, with intricately worked gnarled branches issuing on each sides forming the elegant spout and handle, the finely fitted cover of irregular shape surmounted by a banded knop, the bottom with a three-character maker's signature in kaishu regular script, another square zhuanshu sealmark at the bottom of the handle, fitted box.
9.3cm wide. (3).