An Yixing stoneware waterpot and cover Signed Youquan
Lot 552
An Yixing stoneware waterpot and cover Signed Youquan
Sold for HK$ 560,000 (US$ 72,256) inc. premium
Lot Details
Masterpieces of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection (lots 546-558)
An Yixing stoneware waterpot and cover
Signed Youquan
Of archaistic zun form, the vessel finely potted as a stylised buffalo, its sumptuous swollen body comprising the vessel, supported on four tapering legs, the naturalistically potted face with a circular aperture in the mouth, comprising the dropper, depicted with stylised tail, set with a large angular loop handle above the well fitted cover with small loop handle, the underside incised with a two-character kaishu mark, the stoneware of a rich mottled purple brown with pale flecks.
11.6cm high.

Footnotes

  • This appears to be the Youquan signed waterpot from the collection of Chen Keli, illustrated by L.Fulai, C.Keli, Yangxian shaqi jingpin tupu, An Illustrated Collection of Fine Stonewares of Yangxian, Taipei, 1985, pl.8 (fig.1). However, due to the indistinct photography in the catalogue, it is difficult to make a positive attribution.

    Xu Shiheng, whose designation is Youquan was active during the Wanli period, andhad been taught by Shi Dabin. The Ming dynasty connoisseur Zhou Gaoqi once recorded in Collections of Yangxian Teapots - Master works, that Shiheng's father invited Shi Dabin to his house as he was a great admirer of his works. When Shi Dabin was challenged and forced to use a lump of clay to make a cow from it, regardless of Shi's hesitation, Shiheng took the clay from him and turned the clay into a cow with one leg bent on the ground. This amazed Shi Dabin, who subsequently became his apprentice. The Qing dynasty scholar Wu Meiding also highly praised Shiheng's art works in the Tangxian minghu fu, or Treaties of Yangxian Teapots. For another Yixing stoneware seal paste box of mythical animal shape with the signature of Xu Youquan, see Yixing Purple Clay Wares - The K.S.Lo Collection, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, p.60, pl.9.

    紫泥摻沙梨皮仿古提梁犠尊壺

    「友泉」楷書款

    尊壺呈牛型,頭小腹大而凸尾,其嘴為壺口,雙耳上揚,脖子上有頸圈,尾部成仿古雲頭柄,其背上為提樑柄,蓋成瓜子形,圓足,腹下刻「友泉」楷書款。通體以灰紫泥梨皮造成,上有自然起泡,整體感覺醇厚古樸。

    徐士衡,字友泉,明萬歷時宜興製壺名手,生卒年不詳,是時大彬高徒,善作仿古器,所製壺式變化多端,妙出心裁。明.周高起《陽羨茗壺系.名家》云:「徐友泉,名士衡,故非陶人也。其父好大彬壺,延致定塾。一日強大彬作泯牛為戲,不即從,友泉奪其壺土。出門去,適見樹下眠牛將起,尚屈一足,注視捏塑,曲盡厥狀。携以視大彬,一見驚嘆曰:『如子智能,異日必出吾上。』因學為壺,變化其式,仿古尊罍諸器,配合土色所宜,畢智窮工,移人心目。」清.吳梅鼎《陽羨茗壺賦》云:「若夫綜古今而合度,極變化以從心,技而進乎道者,其友泉徐子乎?」可見,徐友泉之紫砂器,是自明清兩代已深得雅士珍而重之。

    本拍品之來源應屬陳克立舊藏,見陳克立、賴福來:《陽羨砂器精品圖譜》,淑韾出版社,1985年,圖版8。唯圖片之不清晰,待考。

    徐士衡款動物形仿古器,可參考羅桂祥珍藏異獸印泥盒,與本拍品相近,動物之頭部比例上較小,尤見古拙,見《茶具博物館考羅桂祥珍藏宜興紫砂陶器》,頁60,圖版9 (fig.1)。
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