Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
A pair of Yixing stoneware bowls and a lobed dish
Qing dynasty, signed Shi Mei Each decorated on the interior with a crackled-white glaze, the exteriors with a key-fret rim and xingshu inscriptions below the rim, together with a dish of stylised flower form with six petals with key-fret rim, the interior and underside of the foot covered with a crackled-white glaze. Largest: 14.3cm diam. (3).
Shi Mei is the designation or hao of Zhu Jian, a scholar and carver who was active during the Jiaqing/Daoguang period (1976 - 1850) and wrote the book Hushi, History of Teapots. Zhu is said to be the first artist who invented the pewter-cased teapot and was skilled at carving and inscribing pottery, bamboo, hard stone, copper or pewter by using his steel knife.
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