Masterpieces of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection (lots 546-558)
An Yixing stoneware water vessel
Qing dynasty, signed Chen Mingyuan Of archaistic gui form, the compressed globular body supported on a raised splayed foot, applied with a pair of ring handles issuing from ferocious monster masks, the main body applied with four horizontal raised bands, the base incised with two-character kaishu mark, the stoneware of an attractive purple-brown with attractive light flecks. 12.1cm wide.
For further information about Chen Mingyuan, see lot 547.
For a closely related Chen Mingyuan-marked vessel of gui form, see the example illustrated by Terese Tse Bartholomer, I-Hsing Ware, China Institute in America, p.52, pl.28 (fig.1). This vessel, lent by Alice Boney, differs from the current example, impressed with a three-character zhuanshu seal within a square.
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