A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover Signed Shi Dabin
Lot 105
A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover
Signed Shi Dabin
Sold for HK$ 1,060,000 (US$ 136,682) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover Signed Shi Dabin A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover Signed Shi Dabin A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover Signed Shi Dabin A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover Signed Shi Dabin A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover Signed Shi Dabin A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'straw-hat' teapot and cover Signed Shi Dabin
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).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Gong Xinzhao collection (1870-1949)

    'Straw-hat', also known as 'tai li' is considered one of the traditional forms of Yixing teapots and first appeared during the late Ming dynasty. For another teapot also signed by Shi Dabin with identical shape but with reddish tone, from the Chen Keli collection, see Lai Fulai and Chen Keli, Yangxian shaqi jingpin tupu (An Illustrated Collection of Fine Stonewares of Yangxian), Taipei, 1985, pl.3. For an example of another similar teapot of magnolia shape by Shi Dabin, dated to the Wanli period, see Hong Kong Museum of Art ed., Yixing Purple Clay Wares - The K.S.Lo Collection, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, p.54, pl.3.

    The date of Shi Dabin's birth and death is not recorded in any historical records. However, according to Li Jingkang and Zhanghong, Yangxian shahu tukao (A Pictorial Study of Yangxian Pottery Teapots), vol.1, 1937, p.7, his family can be traced back to the Song dynasty, during which his grandfather was Shi Yan, a high Court officer. His superb craftsmanship was taught by his father, Shi Peng. As a master potter, Shi Dabin is known to have taken special care in the preparation of his clay material. Sometimes he would pound old shards into a fine powder, then sieve and mix it with quartz, to give the clay an archaic yet elegant and even texture. His early works are in the style of Gong Chun, for whom he had the highest admiration. However, after travelling to Loudong in South China and being introduced to the literary circle led by Chen Meigong, whose members were all tea connoisseurs, he learned their preference for using small teapots and shifted his style in order to follow the trend. In addition to his excellent craftsmanship in teapot making, the elegant style of his incised signature was often used to distinguish other copies of inferior quality.

    For further information about Gong Xinzhao, see lot 108.

    時大彬款紫泥鋪砂臺笠式壺

    來源:
    龔心釗舊藏(1870-1949)

    壺底:時大彬製

    泥呈深紫色,內裡均勻鋪上金黃色沙粒,手撫似有梨皮質感。壺呈臺笠式,底呈內圈足。其蓋嵌入在壺之上部份,形成一體,下部份寬撇,中間束腰,上下比例恰到好處,雅自衿重。曲流,耳柄上皆有陰刻,配合如意頭為飾,造工精細,樸雅堅緻,壺底陰刻「時大彬製」楷書款。

    另一件可與本壺作比較的例子,時大彬笠帽壺,載於陳克立、賴福來:《陽羨砂器精品圖譜》,淑韾出版社,1985年,圖版3。該例子以硃砂梨皮為胎,但大至造型與本壺如出一轍,唯本壺之造型比例更為優雅。另香港茶具文物館羅桂祥收藏一件明萬曆時大彬款玉蘭花六瓣壺,雖形制稍有變化,但整體氣韻與本壺相類,見香港藝術館編,《宜興紫砂陶器:茶具文物館羅桂祥珍藏》,香港,2002年,頁54,圖版3。

    時大彬(1573-1644),號少山,生卒不詳。為宋代尚書時彥裔孫,時鵬之子,其製壺技藝得傳自其父。其紫砂器敦雅古穆,不務妍媚,製壺時對泥料配製、成形技法、造型設計和銘刻都十分講究。製壺時善用各色陶土,或在陶土中摻雜砂缸土和碎瓦片,有「沙粗質古肌理勻」之美贊。其壺常獲收藏賞識,《陽羨茗壺賦》之作者吳梅鼎(明崇祯至清康熙年間)品評其器典重,又謂其曲盡厥妙。陶肆謠曾云:「壺家妙手稱三大。」蓋 謂時大彬、李大仲芳、徐大友泉也。

    本壺配有原裝木蓋盒,以花卉錦面為飾,清新雅致,蓋面上貼有「寶懷鼎室」篆文長方印、「陶冶性靈」篆文方印、「瞻麓齋藏」篆文方印、「懷西」篆文方印、「龔心釗真賞印」篆文長方印。有關龔心釗之簡歷及其收藏品味,可參考本專拍中拍品編號108。
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