An Yijun stoneware teapot and cover Republican period, signed Mo Wuji
Lot 611
An Yijun stoneware teapot and cover Republican period, signed Mo Wuji
Sold for HK$ 137,500 (US$ 17,724) inc. premium

Lot Details
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.

Footnotes

  • 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。

    民國 紫泥宜均天青釉直筒壺

    「悟奇製陶」篆文方印、「冶匋」篆文長方印

    壺呈長筒形,微拱蓋,橋鈕,短流長柄,圓足,通體施天青釉,上有微小的開片,清淡雅致,底鈐「悟奇製陶」篆文方印,蓋內鈐「冶匋」篆文長方印。

    莫悟奇(1887-1958),蘇州人,著名滬上魔術師,他喜愛盆景及品茶,經陳光明介紹下認識裴石民,並在上海莫家常有合作製陶,由莫氏設計,裴氏捏制成坯,再運到宜興燒製。其作品常有以悟奇壺、悟奇盆之名,別具一格,均鈐上「悟奇製陶」及「冶匋」印章,但唯不見有裴石民姓名印。

    有關「冶匋」一印之來源,暫未有統一的說法。據韓其樓、夏俊偉主編《中國紫砂茗壺珍賞》之說法,「冶匋」原是利永公司後人邵仲和。其曾祖邵權寅、祖父邵惠如、父親邵永裳,世代經營紫砂陶器。見李長平著《明清紫砂珍賞》,頁310。另一種說法是「冶匋」即裴石民,從《石民冶陶》一書及多件存世裴石民之器中,可見常鈐有此印,見裴峻峰主编:《石民冶陶》,上海古籍出版社出版,2009。
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