An Yixing stoneware 'chi dragon' brushwasher Qing dynasty, signed Chen Ziqi
Lot 549
An Yixing stoneware 'chi dragon' brushwasher Qing dynasty, signed Chen Ziqi
Sold for HK$ 1,460,000 (US$ 188,095) inc. premium

Lot Details
Masterpieces of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection (lots 546-558)
An Yixing stoneware 'chi dragon' brushwasher
Qing dynasty, signed Chen Ziqi
The compressed globular body supported on a short foot, the steep sides gently curving to an inverted rim, applied with a long sinuous chi dragon depicted clambering up one side, the base impressed with a three-character zhuanshu mark, the stoneware of a rich purplish-red with attractive pale speckling.
9.8cm diam.

Footnotes

  • Chen Ziqi is recorded in traditional Yixing connoisseurship as having lived in the late Ming dynasty, Tianqi to Chongzhen period, with an unsubstantiated claim that he was the father of Chen Mingyuan. He is said to have specialised in teapots and scholar's objects, and his pottery vessels were marked by their skilful details and thin walls and skilful detail. According to the Yangxian mingtao lu (Record of Famous Pottery of Yangxian), a Qianlong period treatise dating to 1786, he was highly regarded as an imitator of Xu Youquan, a Wanli period potter.

    For an Yixing stoneware brushpot of gardenia tree-trunk form by Chen Ziqi with similar three-character zhuanshu mark in the K.S. Lo Collection, see Yixing Purple Clay Wares, Hong Kong, 2002, p.61, pl.10.

    Compare also a closely related example from the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, illustrated by Gerald Tsang and Hugh Moss in Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, 1986, cat. no. 167, and sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 4 April 2012, lot 186.

    清 朱泥摻砂梨皮螭龍抱水丞

    「陳子畦」篆文方印

    水丞斂口,圓肩,直腹,圈足,於口沿處攀著一條堆塑螭龍,螭龍頭往丞口伸,凸眼張口,其身彎曲過來,四足緊瓜,曲尾,生動自然,雕工精細。底中央鈐「陳子畦」篆文方印。

    陳子畦,明天啟、崇禎年間宜興紫砂高手,生卒年不詳,傳為陳鳴遠父親,待考,善製茗壺,又工文房雅玩,胎薄而工,以精緻見稱,以仿徐友泉之器又最為神似。清.吳騫《陽羨名陶錄.家溯》云:「陳子畦,仿徐最佳,為時所珍。或云即鳴遠父。」

    同鈐有「陳子畦」篆文方印的例子,可參考羅桂祥藏貼梔子花樹段筆筒,見《宜興紫砂陶器》,香港,2002,頁61,圖版10。

    在拍賣上出現同樣鈐「陳子畦」篆文方印的螭龍抱水丞例子,可見香港蘇富比,儒雅清蘊(二)── 水松石山房藏珍玩專場,2012年4月4日,拍品編號186。
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