An Yixing stoneware 'melon' pillow Contemporary, signed Jiang Rong
Lot 634
An Yixing stoneware 'melon' pillow Contemporary, signed Jiang Rong
Sold for HK$ 680,000 (US$ 87,653) inc. premium

Lot Details
Yixing Stoneware from a distinguished Asian family collection (lots 585-640)
An Yixing stoneware 'melon' pillow
Contemporary, signed Jiang Rong
Naturalistically potted in the form of a melon, compressed in the centre in simulation of a pillow, one end issuing a broad leaf and stems, together with eight marks scattered towards the ends of the fruit, a kaishu inscription to the side.
28.5cm long.

Footnotes

  • Jiang Rong (1919-) is a famous female master of 'zisha' (purple clay) floral vessels. A native of Qianluo Village in Yixing's Chuanbu County, Jiangsu, she started to learn the art of purple clay stoneware in her youth. In 1954, she was employed as a technical advisor at the purple clay production factory. Her work was selected as gifts for foreign dignitaries in 1957. She was known for her fruit-inspired Zisha vessels, exquisite techniques and realistic rendering.

    Tao Quanhai (1939-) is well versed in zisha decoration methods, character incisions or patterns. In 1958, he entered a zisha factory to start his apprenticeship under Ren Ganting (1889-1968). Tao's flexible and varied carving techniques have attracted many zisha masters, such as Yuan Jingzhou, who invited him to create carvings with pleasure, this melon being one fine example. Potted by Jiangrong with inscriptions carved by Tao Quanhai, this work tells the 'Record within a Pillow', a Chinese tale from the Tang Dynasty by Shen Jiji, where a Daoist priest gave Scholar Lu a pillow. After a decade of prosperity, Scholar Lu woke up from his dream, realising that the steamed millet was still unready. This is symbolic of life as a dream, implying that fortune, fame, success and loss are as transient as fleeting clouds.

    Illustrated 出版:
    Ho Chien, Purple Clay. Wellington Wang's Collection of Yixing Wares, Taipei, 1993, p.215.
    何健,《紫泥 王度宜興珍藏冊》,奇園國際藝術中心,台北,1993,頁215。

    段泥冬瓜枕

    「靜坐書齋讀文章,卧寢竹窗聽秋嵐。己巳(1989)年蔣蓉製,陶泉海書銘。」
    「蔣」楷文方印三枚、「蓉」篆文方印兩枚、「蔣蓉」篆文方印、「蔣蓉」篆文圓印

    枕成象生冬瓜形,兩頭鼓起中間微微向內凹,其花紋隱約可見,瓜藤瓜葉跟貼其身,通體施青綠色釉,感覺飽滿厚實,瓜身行草書「靜坐書齋讀文章,卧寢竹窗聽秋嵐。己巳年蔣蓉製,陶泉海書銘。」,字體簡潔有力,八枚屬蔣蓉印章分別鈐於瓜藤子瓜端處。

    蔣蓉(1919- ),著名女紫砂花器大師,江蘇宜興川埠鄉潛洛村人,自少學制紫砂器,1954年被聘為紫砂生產工場技術輔導員,1957年其作品曾被選為出國禮品,善作紫砂果品,施藝精細,形象逼真,自成一格。陶泉海(1939- ),善作陶刻裝飾,刻字或圖形,1958年進紫砂工藝廠學徒,師從任淦庭(1889-1968),其用刀技法靈活多變,多位紫砂具匠如願景舟等喜請他作陶刻,此冬瓜枕則一例子,由蔣蓉製器,陶泉海刻文,取意自唐沈既濟《枕中記》故事,道士以瓷杷相贈,並經歷十年榮華,醒來才覺黃粱未熟,寓意虛幻一場。
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