Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen
Lot 508
Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers Qing dynasty, signed Hui Mengchen
Sold for HK$ 37,500 (US$ 4,835) inc. premium
Lot Details
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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