Yixing Stoneware from a distinguished Asian family collection (lots 585-640)
An Yixing stoneware 'magpies and willow' vase
Signed Ren Janting and Xu Xiutang Of baluster form rising from a recessed foot to a high shoulder, the waisted neck surmounted by a flared mouthrim, the body plain with finely incised magpies perched on a willow tree branch, all above an incised dated inscription and a seal mark, fitted box. 16.1cm high. (2).
Ren Ganting (1889-1968), style name Foushuo, was a native of Dingshu Town, Yixing. He was a famous carver who started learning the craft from a young age. Ren subsequently participated in Yixing's Shushan Pottery Production Cooperative. An experienced carver skilled in various techniques, his artistic incisions were imbued with power and were particularly noted for his landscape and bird-and-flower designs. Most of the current Yixing 'zisha' (purple clay) structural potters were once Ren's students, such as Xu Xiutang, Tan Quanhai, Bao Zhiqiang, Shen Hanshen, Mao Guoqiang and other masters.
Xu Xiutang (1937-), from Shushan, Yixing, is a contemporary master of purple clay sculpture. He studied stoneware carving under Ren Ganting in 1954, then turned his attention to sculpture. Familiar with the production of purple clay, he values the culture and has profound expertise in pottery arts (moulding and carving), teapot-making as well as calligraphy and inscriptions. In the 1980s Xu was invited to many international art festivals for cultural exchange. His works are also in several museum collections.
Illustrated 出版: Ho Chien, Purple Clay. Wellington Wang's Collection of Yixing Wares, Taipei, 1993, p.202. 何健，《紫泥 王度宜興珍藏冊》，奇園國際藝術中心，台北，1993，頁202。
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