Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
Three Yixing stoneware lobed 'lion' teapots and covers
Late Qing dynasty / early Republican period Each similarly potted but in different sizes, the body lobed in the shape of a melon, flanked by a spout and a 'C'-shaped handle, the cover also lobed surmounted by a recumbent lion, each with different marks or seal marks at the inside cover or at the base. The largest 15.5cm long. (6).
Zhengxiang was recorded in traditional Yixing connoisseurship as Ge Zhengxiang, an Yixing potter who is said to had been active between Qianlong and Jiaqing periods (1736 - 1820). Another unrecorded potter whose name is Ren Zhenxiang was active during the late Qing and early Republican periods.
The two-character mark yinghe on the inside cover of the larger teapot probably refers to the name of the workshop. The seal mark reads chenji diyi, translates as 'first of Chen', may refer to the name of the workshop.
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