Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen
Lot 508
Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen
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Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Signed Hui Mengchen Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Signed Hui Mengchen Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Signed Hui Mengchen Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Signed Hui Mengchen Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Signed Hui Mengchen
Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers
Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen
Each of flattened globular shape, flanked by a short spout and a 'C'-shaped handle, surmounted by a slightly domed cover with a circular knop, all reddish-dark brown in colour, the base with incised inscriptions.
Largest: 10cm long. (6).

Footnotes

  • Hui Mengchen was a native of Yixing, whose small pear-shaped teapots deeply influenced his descendants and later potters up to the nineteenth century. K.S.Lo believed that pear-shaped teapots with a plain body, of which the base was carefully carved with inscriptions in kaishu style were of early products made by Hui Mengchen himself. Whereas teapots with only a rectangular seal in six characters written in zhuanshu were made by his descendants during the mid-nineteenth century or later, see K.S.Lo, The Stoneware of Yixing, Hong Kong, 1986, pp.76-78.

    清 朱泥小壺三件

    「煙村四五家。孟臣」楷書款
    「荊溪惠孟臣製」篆文方印、「水平」楷書款
    「玉川以伴吟。孟臣」楷書款、「水平」楷書款

    三把小壺均以朱泥作胎,其中一壺扁圓身,直口,短直流,圈足,壺底鈐款「煙村四五家。孟臣」;一壺扁身,平足,足底刻款「荊溪惠孟臣製」,蓋內鈐「水平」二字;另一壺成小宮燈式,二彎流,壺底鈐「玉川以伴吟。孟臣」,壺蓋內鈐「水平」楷書二字。

    惠孟臣,一說明天啟、崇禎年間宜興壺手,一說孟為清康熙、雍正間人,其生卒不詳。羅桂祥曾論述:「惠孟臣,江蘇宜興人,於天啟、崇禎年間至十七世紀後半葉尤其活躍,其所製梨形小壺名震海內外,十九世紀後被其後裔和學徒大量仿製。」。羅桂祥認為,惠孟臣早年親手所致小壺,多用竹刀刻「孟臣」楷書款,而鈐「荊溪惠孟臣製」篆文方印的茶壺,應為其學徒後期所仿製。詳見K.S.Lo,《The Stoneware of Yixing》,香港,1986年,頁76 - 78。

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