Yixing stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Arthur Harris collection (lots 425-450)
Three Yixing stoneware teapots and covers
Mid Qing dynasty Finely moulded in the shape of a melon, incised with kaishu inscription and signed Shixiong, together with other two teapots of compressed globular forms, one with two seal marks on the base and signed Shao Yuanhua, the other enamelled with peonies and butterflies with incised xingshu inscription on the base, all mounted metal spouts. The largest: 27.2cm long. (3).
Illustrated （middle and right) 出版（中、右）: Patrice Valfré, Yixing: Teapots for Europe, p.179, no.49, 320.
Compare another melon-shaped teapot signed by Shixiong from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection, sold in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 509.
Although Shao Yuanhua is not recorded in traditional Yixing connoisseurship, from the quality of the clay and the potting of the teapot Shao is generally accepted as an active potter between Yongzheng and Qianlong periods.
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