An Yixing stoneware vessel and cover Qing dynasty, signed Chen Mingyuan
Lot 556
An Yixing stoneware vessel and cover Qing dynasty, signed Chen Mingyuan
Sold for HK$ 350,000 (US$ 45,091) inc. premium

Lot Details
Masterpieces of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection (lots 546-558)
An Yixing stoneware vessel and cover
Qing dynasty, signed Chen Mingyuan
Of archaistic guang form, the gently swollen body supported on a splayed foot, applied with a loop handle issuing from a taotie mask and suspending a stylised scrollwork hook, gently curving at the rim and supporting a cover skilfully modelled as a ferocious beast with flared nostrils and coiling horns, the centre of the base impressed with a four-character zhuanshu mark within a square, the stoneware of an even beige colour with attractive black speckling.
12.8cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance來源:
    Chen Keli (1908- after 1985)
    陳克立(1908-1985以後)

    Illustrated出版:
    L.Fulai, C.Keli, Yangxian shaqi jingpin tupu, An Illustrated Collection of Fine Stonewares of Yangxian, Taipei, 1985, pl.31
    陳克立、賴福來:《陽羨砂器精品圖譜》,淑韾出版社,1985年,圖版31

    Chen Keli was a major Yixing collector in the early 20th century. As he narrates in the introduction to his book, he collected Yixing wares alongside his uncle-in-law, Gong Xinzhao (1870-1949), a graduate of the Hanlin Academy. Chen purchased Yixing wares from Li, a dealer working at Rongbaozhai. Gong was surprised that in 50-60 years, he had only managed to acquire a small number of high quality pieces, but Chen built up a substantial collection in a matter of months. Li told Chen that the pieces he had purchased came from a family of salt merchants named Zhang, whose brothers had argued and had been forced to sell their Chen Mingyuan.

    In the preface to the book, Fulai expounds how Chen Mingyuan, who wanted to become more acquainted with literati figures, travelled widely, and that at Xie Garden in Kaiyan, Jiangxi province, he met the owner Zhang Kunchong, who treated him as a distinguished guest. In return he gave a number of his pieces to the Zhang family. Fulai points out that due to this provenance, Chen Mingyuan marked pieces from the collection of Chen Keli are very reliable. Fulai also points out that it is fortunate that rubbings of all these major pieces were preserved and able to be published, because so many pieces were dispersed during the upheaval of the twentieth century.

    For further information about Chen Mingyuan, see lot 547.

    清 段泥仿古鹿頭匜

    「陳鳴遠製」篆文方印
    「鶴邨」篆文方印

    匜通體作獸形,有蓋,獸首鋬,圈足。蓋呈獸首狀,雙角,上有帶系,腹飾節帶紋,圈足飾以弦紋兩周,段泥金黃色,泥質潔淨,整體雅靜醇樸,氣格高古,底鈐「陳鳴遠製」篆書款,柄下鈐「鶴邨」篆文方印。

    此器曾為陳克立收藏,根據其書《陽羨砂器精品圖譜》記載,陳鳴遠曾把所藏紫砂器相托予浙西海鹽縣城南三里涉園主人張氏,後抗日期間張氏後人輾轉流售此批紫砂器,陳克立在此時售入,唯其收藏後失散。在本場專拍中,拍品編號550也同屬陳克立舊藏之陳鳴遠款紫砂。有關陳鳴遠款之資料,可參考本專拍拍品編號547。
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