Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
Two small Yixing stoneware 'yigong' teapots and covers
Qing dynasty Each plain and flanked by a spout and a handle, one with gilded mouthrim, knop and tip of the teapot; the other slightly more compressed in shape, with a flattened dome-shaped cover, both inscribed at the base. 10.7cm long. (4).
Hui Yigong was a native of Yixing, who was renowned for using the finest clay of different colours to make small teapots between the last quarter of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth. According to Li Jingkang and Zhang Hong, Hui Yigong was possibly a descendant of Hui Mengchen as a nephew, as small teapots made by his hand were stylistically closely related to those of Hui Mengchen, hence they were usually referred as the two 'Huis' by tea connoisseurs. See Li Jingkang and Zhanghong, Yangxian shahu tukao, A Pictorial Study of Yangxian Pottery Teapots, vol.1, 1998, pp.18-19.
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