A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'drum-bell' teapot and cover Jiaqing/Daoguang, signed Yang Baonian
Lot 113
A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'drum-bell' teapot and cover
Jiaqing/Daoguang, signed Yang Baonian
Sold for HK$ 4,840,000 (US$ 624,162) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Mansheng-type Yixing stoneware 'drum-bell' teapot and cover
Jiaqing/Daoguang, signed Yang Baonian
Firmly potted on a wide recessed base, the sides inward-splaying towards a flattened top, the sides flanked with a 'C'-shaped handle and a short spout, the cover surmounted with an arched knop, the exterior carefully incised with a series of kaishu inscriptions, the base impressed with a three-character zhuanshu potter's seal mark, the stoneware dark brown with a hint of grey.
14.8cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Song Zhiqin collection

    Illustrated:
    Jan Shing-Hwa, I-Hsing Pottery, Taipei, 1982, p.203
    Li Youren and Ji Ye, Yi tao zhi lu, Taipei, 1995, p.385
    Han Qilou and Xia Junwei, Zhongguo zisha minghu zhenshang, Shanghai, 2001, p.108, pl.150

    Yang Baonian and Yang Fengnian are recorded as the brother and sister of Yang Pengnian in traditional Yixing connoisseurship. Little is known about Baonian apart from his association with Chen Mansheng during the late nineteenth century. It is said Yang Baonian chose to use only the extremely rare 'sky-blue' clay for the production of his teapots, leaving the stoneware with a dark brown colour usually with a hint of bluish grey after the firing process.

    'Zhonggu' or 'drum-bell' is one of the forms of Mansheng Pots. According to Jan Shing-Hwa in his book, where the present teapot is illustrated, the seal mark engraved on the bottom is stylistically related to that of Yang Pengnian and no such top quality teapot made by Yang Baonian has ever been exhibited before. For a very similar 'drum-bell' teapot made by Yang Baonian after the style of Chen Mansheng, from the K. S. Lo collection, currently in the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (fig.1), see Gerard C.C.Tsang, Yixing Pottery, p.120, pl.60.

    清嘉慶/道光 楊葆年款紫泥鋪砂鐘鼓形壺

    來源:
    宋芝芹舊藏

    出版:
    詹動華、杜潔祥主編:《宜興陶器圖譜》,台北,1982年,頁203
    李祐任、季野,《宜陶之旅》,台北,1995年,頁385
    韓其樓、夏俊偉:《中國紫砂茗壺珍賞》,上海,2000年,頁108,圖版150

    題款:鼓和五聲,水彰五色,用作茗甌,潤身以德。古為蒙泉銘。
    壺底:「楊葆年」篆文方印

    泥色呈紫褐,富質感,仿如梨皮之效果。壺呈古代鐘鼓造型,壺身中間內斂,平蓋平凹底,配橋式鈕。短方曲流,方環耳,整體造型比例恰好,古絕純樸。壺身上刻楷書題款:「鼓和五聲,水彰五色,用作茗甌,潤身以德。古為蒙泉銘。」,壺底鈐「楊葆年」篆文方印。

    據《宜興陶器圖譜》一書作者之看法,本壺印款之風格無異於楊彭年,是難得一見清嘉道佳壺 。見詹動華、杜潔祥主編:《宜興陶器圖譜》,台北,1982年,頁203。傳世另一件楊葆年製紫泥鐘鼓形壺,是香港藝術館藏品,上刻有仿曼生銘,造型及氣質均與本壺相近(fig.1),見Gerard C.C.Tsang編,《宜興陶藝》,香港,1981,頁120,圖版60。

    楊寶年,又名葆年,活躍於清嘉慶至道光年間。是為楊彭年之弟, 善製壺,擅捏法,曾為曼生造壺,署「公壽」款,多被誤以為是上海畫家胡公壽。其製壺所選泥料均為名貴的天青泥,紫檀色中微泛青,溫潤儒雅,精光含蘊。

    有關藏家宋芝芹之簡介,可參考本專拍中,拍品編號111。
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