An Yixing stoneware teapot and cover, 18th century, signed Shao Wen?
Lot 572
An Yixing 'toad' teapot and cover Mid Qing dynasty, signed Shao Wenyuan
Sold for HK$ 37,500 (US$ 4,833) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Property of Mr and Mrs Arthur Harris (lots 571-583)
An Yixing 'toad' teapot and cover
Mid Qing dynasty, signed Shao Wenyuan
The finely potted cylindrical body moulded with a bamboo shaped belt, applied with a rectangular loop handle and a short curved spout of bamboo form, the skillfully fitted flattened cover surmounted by a knop in the form of a ferocious toad with its head held up in an alert expression, the back with warty lumps, the underside impressed with a four-character zhuanshu square seal mark.
17.3cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • Illustrated 出版:
    Patrice Valfré, Yixing: Teapots for Europe, 2000, p.180, no.53

    Shao Wenyuan is unrecorded in traditional Chinese Yixing connoisseurship. However, extant examples with closely related forms may suggest Shao as a Yixing potter who was active during the late seventeenth and early nineteenth century. For example, see an early nineteenth century enamelled Yixing teapot with a nearly identical from by Han Zhen, from the K. S. Lo Collection, illustrated in K. S. Lo, The Stonewares of Yixing – From the Ming period to the Present Day, London, 1986, p. 206, pl.126.

    清中期 邵文元款紫泥三足蟾竹節壺

    「邵」、「文元」
    「邵文元製」

    壺圓筒身,平底,三彎流,正耳吧,平蓋上一三足蟾蜍鈕,壺流、壺把均呈竹節狀,壺身素面無紋,壺壁上部飾竹段腹線一周。壺蓋內鈐「邵」圓印及「文元」篆文方印,壺底鈐「邵文元製」篆文方印。

    邵文元,生卒不詳且為見史料中有所著錄,但根據傳世品判斷,應為十八世紀後半葉至十九世紀早期宜興紫砂壺人,羅桂祥藏有一把十九世紀漢珍製紫泥加彩三足蟾竹節壺,除器壁及蟾蜍有加彩外,其形制與該壺極為類似,參見羅桂祥著,《The Stonewares of Yixing – From the Ming period to the Present Day》,倫敦,1986年,頁206,圖版126。
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