An Yixing stoneware 'shell' waterpot Republican period, signed Pei Shimin
Lot 555
An Yixing stoneware 'shell' waterpot Republican period, signed Pei Shimin
Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,254) inc. premium

Lot Details
Masterpieces of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection (lots 546-558)
An Yixing stoneware 'shell' waterpot
Republican period, signed Pei Shimin
The naturalistically potted vessel finely modelled in the form of a large shell, a snail depicted sliding up one side, the underside impressed with a two-character zhuanshu mark, the stoneware of the exterior and snail's shell of a rich brown with incised texture, the interior and snail's foot plain.
12.8cm long.

Footnotes

  • Pei Shimin (1892-1979) was a famous Yixing potter who trained from a young age. Through Jiang Zuochen, he was introduced to Shanghai, where he worked for several antique shops, creating Yixing pots in the style of earlier examples. In 1955, he joined the Yixing Shushan Pottery Cooperative, where he designed Yixing stonewares. The forms of the vessels he created, both teapots and scholar's objects, were usually very special, which brought him fame. He was highly competent at restoring antique Yixing vessels, notable for restoring Ming vessels for the National Museum of History, and a Qing dynasty example in Nanjing Museum. His restoration work was said to be undetectable. That is why he was known as 'Chen Mingyuan number two'.

    For a prototype of the current waterpot, see a Chen Mingyuan marked example from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection, sold in these rooms, 28 November 2011, lot 214.

    民國 段泥蝸牛爬海螺水盂

    「石民」篆文方印

    水盂以段泥製成,呈海螺狀;匠家配合刻和染的技法,逼真地塑造出海螺的紋理及質感,像生自然;小蝸牛在海螺上爬過,形成小支點,使圓弧的海螺得以站立,發揮出水盂盛水的功能,巧妙地利用細節點綴並圓滿整件作品,是匠心獨韻之作。海螺處鈐「石民」篆文方印。

    裴石民(1892-1979),宜興宜城人,名紫砂師,自少習陶器製作,後由江左臣介紹到上海,為幾家古董商仍製紫砂古代作品,1955年參加宜興蜀山陶器合作社,從事宜興紫砂設計,以造型別致,形式典雅聞名。裴氏善作紫砂茗壺、文房清玩和花果小品。他對修復古代紫砂作品也有豐富經驗,曾為現藏中國歷史博物壺之明代供春樹癭壺配蓋,又為現藏南京博物館清代聖思桃杯配托盤,幾可亂真,因此有「陳嗚遠第二」之美稱。

    如這種像生海螺水盂,以存世鳴遠款的例子為多。如香港邦翰斯《好善簃珍藏宜興紫砂》,拍品編號214等。
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