A inscribed and carved Yixing stoneware teapot and cover
Modern, signed Gu Jingzhou
Of classical compressed conical shape raised on three pointed feet, the sloping shoulders flanked by a short spout and a 'C'-shaped handle with a thumb rest, surmounted at the top with a gently-domed cover set with small semi-circular looped knop, one side decorated with a series of kaishu inscriptions; the other side featuring an incised scene of a scholarly figure seated under a pine tree beside a stack of manuscripts and an urn of spring water for brewing tea, the base impressed with a four-character zhuanshu seal mark, another two-character zhuanshu seal mark of the potter towards the underside of the cover, the stoneware of an even reddish-brown colour.
17.8cm wide. (2).