Yixing Stoneware from a distinguished Asian family collection (lots 585-640)
An Yijun stoneware teapot and cover
Republican period, signed Mo Wuji Of slender ovoid form, issuing a slim handle, a short spout and a flattened cover, thickly glazed at the exterior with a creamy lavender blue glaze with beautiful crackle effect, the base with four-character zhuanshu mark and another two-character zhuanshu mark in the inside cover. 16.5cm high.
There is no consensus at present on the origin of the mark 'Ye Tao'. According to Zhongguo zisha minghu zhenshang edited by Han Qilou and Xia Junwei, 'Ye Tao' refers to Shao Zhonghe, the descendant of Li Yong Company, whose great-grandfather Shao Quanyin, grandfather Shao Huiru, father Shao Yongshang managed zisha ware business for generations. See Li Changping, Mingqing zisha zhenshang, Appreciation of Ming and Qing Zisha Wares, p.310. From another perspective, 'Ye Tao' was regarded as Pei Shimin, as seen from his mark prevalent in publication Shimin zhitao, and many extant Pei Shimin wares. See Pei Junfeng, Shimin zhitao, Pottery made by Shimin, Shanghai, 2009.
Illustrated 出版: Ho Chien, Purple Clay. Wellington Wang's Collection of Yixing Wares, Taipei, 1993, p.101. 何健，《紫泥 王度宜興珍藏冊》，奇園國際藝術中心，台北，1993，頁101。
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