A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover
Signed Shi Dabin
Uniquely potted to resemble a straw hat, the wide body rising from a flattened base with a semi-spherical dome stacked on top of another similar but larger dome, the sides flanked by a curved spout and a 'C'-shaped handle with a thumb rest, both barbed cross-sections finely fashioned in quatrelobed haitang shape, the cover surmounted by a compressed globular knop with a pointed tip, the circular recession at the base carefully incised with a four-character kaishu potter's signature, the stoneware of an even creamy coffee colour with lavish speckles of gold all around, fitted box.
14cm wide. (2).