Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers
Qing dynasty Three with finely polished surfaces, potted with cylindrical, pear-shaped and compressed forms, one with silver-mounted rims, knop and spout and a dragon seal on the base, the others with seal inside the cover and a gongju mark on the base, together with two other unpolished teapots, one with a dragon mark and another with a gongju, tribute mark. The largest: 19.4cm long. (5).
K.S.Lo believes extant examples of gongju type teapots indicate these pots were made between the early years of seventeenth century and the middle of the eighteenth. The highly polished surfaces and metal mounts were produced by specialised workshops in Bangkok, where the industry of polishing and mounting still survives but is confined to pots made in Thailand.
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