A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty
Lot 544
A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty
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A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty A group of five 'gongju' teapots and covers Qing dynasty
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).

Footnotes

  • 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.

    清 紫泥及清灰砂磨光貢局壺共五件

    「福記」龍紋印
    「合成」
    「貢局」
    「貢局」
    龍紋印、「貢局」

    此五件貢局壺中,三壺壺面磨光,其中一壺提梁流,壺鈕,及口沿嵌銀,底鈐「福記」龍紋印,另外兩小磨光壺,一以清灰砂作胎,壺蓋內鈐「合成」圓印;一以紫泥作胎,壺底鈐「貢局」楷書印;另外兩壺,一大一小,湖面均未磨光,大壺底鈐龍紋方印,小壺地鈐「貢局」楷書印。

    羅桂祥認為貢局壺多製於17世紀至18世紀中葉,但最早帶有紀年款的貢局壺出現於康熙、雍正年間。貢局壺在宜興製作,但磨光及金銀鑲嵌工藝則在曼谷專門的作坊完成,此工藝現已只用於泰國自己生產的器皿上。
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