A very fine Yixing stoneware teapot and cover with another teapot Qing dynasty
Lot 512
A finely potted Yixing stoneware teapot and cover with another teapot Mid Qing dynasty, signed Feng Youlan
Sold for HK$ 112,500 (US$ 14,515) inc. premium
Lot Details
Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
A finely potted Yixing stoneware teapot and cover with another teapot
Mid Qing dynasty, signed Feng Youlan
Of concave cylindrical form rising to slanting shoulders and a straight neck, one side finely incised with inscriptions in xingshu style, the underside of the cover and the base impressed with seal marks, the clay of a vivid reddish tone, together with another teapot with compressed spherical form surmounted by a double-tiered cover, the base with incised inscription.
Largest: 15.2cm long. (4).

Footnotes

  • The two-character mark at the underside of the cover reads Youlou, and the seal mark on the base, Youlan mizhi, or 'specially made by Youlan'. The incised inscription is translated 'the bright moon shows after the spring rain, the mountain is beloved at the sunset' with the artist's signature of zhuping.

    Shao Youlan is believed to be a native of Yixing who actively produced teapots during the Jiaqing and Daoguang periods. Although his dates of birth and death is unrecorded in historical connoisseurship, extant examples bearing the same mark suggest his close relationship with Yixing connoisseurs and scholars including Shao Erquan, Chen Mansheng and Zhu Ping. See a teapot with the same mark but incised by Shao Erquan from the collection of K.S.Lo, The Stoneware of Yixing, Hong Kong, 1986, p.109, pl.48. Another teapot made by the same potter and incised by Zhuping was also illustrated, see Yixing Purple Clay Wares - The K.S.Lo Collection, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, p.105, pl.60.

    Although K.S.Lo expressed his uncertainty of identifying the youlan mizhi mark, he believed judging by the style of the extant examples, the potter or studio that used this seal was active between 1830 and 1890. Another example currently in the collection of Palace Museum, Beijing, shows both the two-character youlan mark underside the cover and a Shao Youlan seal mark on the base, together with a signature of Shao Erquan for the incised inscriptions, see Geng Baochang ed., Zishaqi - Gugong bowuyuan cang wenwu zhenpin daxi, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - Purple Sandy Ware, Shanghai, 2008, p.70, pl.52.

    The inscription on another teapot is translated 'traveling and versifying amidst mountain and water'.

    清中期 朱泥束腰扁壺、朱泥素面宮燈壺共兩件

    「明月新雨後,山愛夕陽時。竹坪」
    「友蘭」、「友蘭秘製」
    「行吟山水之中」

    壺扁身,束腰,圈足,短直流,正耳把,平蓋菌鈕,蓋內起泡,火候極到,鈐「友蘭」楷書圓印,壺壁內束,一面刻「明月新雨後,山愛夕陽時」行書,落款「竹坪」,圈足內鐫「友蘭秘製」篆文方印,朱泥發色純正,燒造講究;另一壺圓身素面,壺底鐫「行吟山水之中」草書款,樸拙雅緻。

    邵友蘭,清嘉慶、道光年間宜興製壺高手,生卒不詳,常與邵二泉、陳曼生等合作製壺。相傳曾為宮廷製作紫砂貢器,北京故宮博物院藏一件詩句溫壺,蓋內亦鈐「友蘭」楷書小印,見耿寶昌,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品大系-紫砂器》,北京,2008年,頁70,圖版52,香港茶具文物館羅桂祥藏一件邵友蘭製朱泥鼓腹壺,壺身亦由竹坪銘刻詩文,壺底及蓋內款識與本壺一致,見《宜興紫砂陶器-茶具文物館羅桂祥珍藏》,香港,2002年,頁105,圖版60。
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