Masterpieces of Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection (lots 546-558)
Two Yixing stoneware flowerpots
Qing dynasty, incised by Qing Jiang Both of broad cylindrical form, the thick sides carved in relief with bamboo and incised with lengthy inscription, the centre of the base with circular aperture draining hole, the stoneware of a mottled beige-brown. 17cm diam. (2).
The inscription incised on one flowerpot can be translated as 'painted by the resident of Banqiao, Zheng Xie, a day before the lantern festival in the seventh year of Qianlong', whilst the other pot is incised with an apocryphal mark of banqiao and a signature of qingjiang. The incised motifs of bamboo and orchid were probably after the style of Zheng Xie (1693-1765), a native of Jiangsu and renowned painter who resumed an official career as 'official calligrapher and painter' for the Qianlong emperor.
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