Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
A small Yixing stoneware slip-painted teapot and two Yijun teapots and covers
Qing dynasty Of rounded and cylindrical forms in miniature size, all set with simple loop handles and straight spouts, the exterior painted with white slip with bamboo and landscapes, one base incised with inscriptions and another impressed with a seal mark, together with a miniature teapot enamelled in lavender-blue glaze. The largest: 7.4 long. (4).
The seal mark on the base reads yigong jianzhi, or 'Made under the supervision of Yigong'. The inscriptions are translated as 'placing the moral purity to the beautiful teapot'. Another seal mark on the base reads caixia jianzhi, or 'Made under the supervision of Caixia'. The inscriptions are translated as 'turning red for ten li with apricot blossoms'. The inscriptions on both teapots were incised signatures reading Youzhu, an alternative name of the renowned scholar, Mei Diaoding (1839 - 1906), who was known for inscribing poets on teapots commissioned by prominent potters from Yixing.
Feng Caixia was a native of Yixing who was active around 1821 to 1850. Li Jingkang and Zhanghong recorded Feng as having spent time at Guangdong after she was invited by the Wu family, a wealthy Cantonese connoisseur, to make small-sized teapots, see ibid., Yangxian shahu tukao, A Pictorial Study of Yangxian Pottery Teapots, vol.1, pp.22-23.
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