A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'elephant and vase' vessel Inscribed Xu Youquan

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A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'elephant and vase' vessel
Inscribed Xu Youquan

Sold for HK$ 750,000 (US$ 95,938) inc. premium
A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'elephant and vase' vessel
Inscribed Xu Youquan
Delicately potted standing four-square, with head and trunk raised forming the spout, carefully detailed with small eyes, wrinkled skin and tail flicked to one side, the back surmounted by a flaring archaistic zun-form vase above a ruyi-shaped drape, the underside of the belly incised with the two-character kaishu potter's signature, the stoneware of a cocoa-brown tone with lighter buff-coloured speckles.
17.3cm. long

Footnotes

  • 徐友泉款紫泥鋪砂仿古寶瓶瑞象尊

    「友泉」楷書款

    Provenance 來源:
    Sotheby's Parke Bernet Hong Kong, 24 May 1978, lot 322
    香港蘇富比,1978年5月24日,編號322

    Illustrated 出版:
    The Appreciation of Cultured and Elegant Purple Clay Wares, Taipei, 2008, p.39, pl.8.
    黃怡嘉、李富美主編:《紫韻雅玩:中國紫砂精品珍賞》,台北,2008年,頁39,圖版8。

    Xu Shiheng, whose designation or hao is Youquan, was active during the Wanli period, and was taught by Shi Dabin. Little is known about Xu Shiheng and only a brief account is recorded by Zhou Gaoqi (1596-1645) in his book, Collections of Yangxian Teapot: Masterworks. It states that Shiheng's father, an admirer of Shi Dabin's work, invited him to the family house. When Shi Dabin was challenged to use a lump of clay to make a cow from it, he hesitated but Shiheng took the clay from him and worked it into a cow with one leg bent on the ground. Amazed, Shi Dabin subsequently became his supervisor.

    The present lot is a testament to the potter's skill in manipulating clay to model naturalistic animals. Compare a very similar 'elephant and vase' vessel, sold at Sotheby's Parke Bernet Hong Kong, 24 May 1978, lot 301. For a teapot dated to the early 17th century, also bearing the signature of Xu Youquan in the K. S. Lo collection, now in the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, 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.59, pl.8, and another, from the Mr and Mrs Jimmy Sha Collection, was sold in these rooms, 24 November 2013, lot 104.

    尊以青銅器為雛形,身作瑞象形,象雙眼微睜,眼角有皺紋,表情安詳。背上鋪有象鞍,鞍上雕飾有如意雲紋,其上托有菱花口寶瓶。象首微揚,象鼻前仰,鼻與腹部及寶瓶相通,可作流口。紫泥作胎,均勻參雜金砂,似點點繁星。象腹底陰刻「友泉」二字,字體蒼勁有力。象尊工藝精湛,栩栩如生,處理手法極其巧妙,是為匠心獨運之紫砂文房佳器。

    象自古是長壽及和平的象徵,被視為瑞獸。此象背負著寶瓶,因「瓶」與「平」同音、遂有和平、太平寓意。而明清時期「太平有象」已經成為宮廷及民間常用的圖案,寓意天下太平。

    徐友泉,明萬曆年間人,名士衡,原非陶人,其父好大彬壺,延致家塾。其藝術天份被時大彬發現,並得到高度評價。《陽羨茗壺系:名家》云:「徐友泉,名士衡,故非陶人也。其父好大彬壺,延致定塾。一日強大彬作泯牛為戲,不即從,友泉奪其壺土。出門去,適見樹下眠牛將 起,尚屈一足,注視捏塑,曲盡厥狀。携以視大彬,一見驚嘆曰:『如子智能,異日必出吾上。』因學為壺,變化其式,仿古尊罍諸器,配合土色所宜,畢智窮工, 移人心目。」可見其創作尤以仿古器最為有名。

    傳世品中鈐友泉款之瑞象尊並不多見,見香港蘇富比曾售出另一件類似紫泥瑞象尊,1978年5月24日,編號301;其他友泉款之作品,見茶具文物館羅桂祥珍藏一件徐友泉刻仿古盉形三足壺,年代定為十七世紀初期,著錄於香港藝術館編,《宜興紫砂陶器:茶具文物館羅桂祥珍藏》,香港,2002年,頁59,圖版8,另見JIMMY SHA伉儷舊藏一件友泉款仿古盉形三足壺,後於香港邦瀚斯出售,2013年11月24日,編號104。
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