Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
A group of four enamelled Yixing stoneware teapots and covers and a waterpot
Qing dynasty All finely enamelled in a vivid famille rose palette with floral sprays and butterflies, three with inscriptions carved on the bases in xingshu style, together with a waterpot enamelled in famille rose with four landscape roundels, the interior with a crackled-white glaze. the largest 9cm long. (5).
The inscriptions incised on the bases of the two teapots are translated as 'the mountain is steep like a razor, by ziqi', and another 'the summer is cooling down in the midday, by yigong'.
Chen Ziqi is the name of a distinguished potter who was recorded as having lived in the late Ming / early Qing dynasty. For further information on the artist, see lot 549.
The two-character mark incised below the handle reads junde, literally translating as 'gentleman's virtue', of which the name is unrecorded in historical Yixing connoisseurship but is referred to as a specific type of miniature teapot by modern-day Yixing connoisseurs.
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