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).
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.
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