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.
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.
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