A fine Yixing stoneware cylindrical 'yang tong' teapot and cover Modern, signed Gu Jingzhou

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A fine Yixing stoneware cylindrical 'yang tong' teapot and cover
Modern, signed Gu Jingzhou

HK$ 3,000,000 - 4,000,000
US$ 390,000 - 520,000
A fine Yixing stoneware cylindrical 'yang tong' teapot and cover
Modern, signed Gu Jingzhou
Set with an elongated spout rising from a slightly recessed base, the stepped shoulders ascending towards a flattened lipped rim, flanked at the side with a pair of overhead copper-coiled handles soldered together and fastened with a metallic hook at the ends, the circular cover hollowed at the centre with an arched dome worked with a pair of oval handles, the base impressed with a four-character zhuanshu seal mark, another two-character zhuanshu oval seal mark towards the underside of the cover, the stoneware of a reddish-brown colour.
Including handles: 16.4cm high. (2).

Footnotes

  • Gu Jingzhou (1915 - 1996) was a native of Yixing, and is now considered one of the greatest modern and contemporary masters of Yixing stoneware in China. During the early 1930s he was trained by Chu Ming, a Yixing master of the early Republican period, renowned for his cylindrical teapots known as 'yang tong'. When Gu matured and developed his own style, he was invited by the established connoisseur dealer, Lang Yushu, to make teapots after the styles of Ming and Qing potters in Shanghai.

    The four-character seal mark on the base reads 'manxi tao yi'. Manxi is known as one of the haos used by Gu Jingzhou when he was apprenticed to Chu Ming. However, Gu only began to engrave the seal on his teapots when he became an independent potter after successfully completing his two years training with Chu.

    顧景舟曼晞陶藝款朱泥牛蓋洋桶壺

    蓋底:「景舟」篆文橢圓印
    壺底:「曼晞陶藝」篆文方印

    壺長圓桶身,牛蓋,淺圈足,直徑,二彎壺流,配以金屬提梁,壺肩部作凹肩線,口沿、蓋沿及肩線呈一線渾圓狀,使得肩部與頸部之間線條更具層次感,壺蓋下鈐「景舟」篆文橢圓印,壺地鈐「曼晞陶藝」篆文方印,壺身素面無紋,簡潔沉靜,端莊素雅。壺以朱泥為胎,泥質溫潤細膩,撫之光潤舒適,泥色與金屬提梁協調呼應,相得益彰。

    顧景舟(1915-1996),又名景洲,號瘦萍、壺叟、曼晞陶藝紫砂陶藝大師,江蘇宜興人,自少隨祖母邵氏製宜興陶器,並立志以此為終生事業。他以邵大亨為學習對象,常與畫家文人來往,得到不少觀摩古代紫砂陶器機會,對其製器及鑑賞上幫助很大。其器以造型雄健嚴謹見稱,風格古樸高雅,被譽為「壺藝泰斗」。

    顧景舟少時就讀的蜀山東坡書院「墨緣齋」,自幼勤學奮力。1933年開始跟隨當時蜀山製壺高手號稱「虎蓋洋桶王」的儲銘學藝,「曼晞陶藝」即為顧景舟跟隨儲銘學藝時所用之藝名印款。顧景舟從上海標準陶瓷公司返鄉隱居後,又結識諸多書畫名家如吳湖帆(1894-1968)、江寒汀(1903-1963)、王仁輔、唐雲(1910-1993)等。
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A fine Yixing stoneware cylindrical 'yang tong' teapot and cover Modern, signed Gu Jingzhou
A fine Yixing stoneware cylindrical 'yang tong' teapot and cover Modern, signed Gu Jingzhou
A fine Yixing stoneware cylindrical 'yang tong' teapot and cover Modern, signed Gu Jingzhou
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