A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'recumbent deer' vessel Inscribed Chen Zhongmei

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Lot 303
A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'recumbent deer' vessel
Inscribed Chen Zhongmei

Sold for HK$ 750,000 (US$ 96,769) inc. premium
A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'recumbent deer' vessel
Inscribed Chen Zhongmei
Exquisitely potted as an elegant deer with legs tucked under its round body, carefully incised with fur markings and a pair of antlers flanking the tall neck rising to a flared mouth rim, the underside of the belly with the impressed four-character zhuanshu artist seal mark, the stoneware of a grainy creamy dark brown tone, wood stand carved with archaistic taotie masks.
14cm long. (2).

Footnotes

  • 陳仲美款紫泥仿古鹿形尊

    「陳仲美製」篆文方印

    Provenance 來源:
    Sotheby Parke Bernet Hong Kong, 24 May 1978, lot 310
    香港蘇富比,1978年5月24日,编號310

    Illustrated 出版:
    The Appreciation of Cultured and Elegant Purple Clay Wares, Taipei, 2008, p.48, pl.12.
    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48,圖版12。

    The 17th century art historian Zhou Bogao recorded Chen Zhongmei as a native of Wuyuan who began working as a potter in Jingdezhen during the Wanli period (1573-1620). He left to go to Yangxian county to become a Yixing potter after the failure of his business in Jingdezhen. He had great artistry in mixing fine Yixing clay and he made superb copies and adaptations of archaistic shapes.

    A near-identical deer vessel signed by Chen Zhongmei, possibly the pair to the present lot, is dated as early to mid-17th century and illustrated by K.S.Lo, The Stonewares of Yixing, From the Ming Period to the Present Day, Hong Kong, 1986, p.224, no.148. See an Yixing stoneware tapir, impressed with similar Chen Zhongmei seal mark, formerly in the Dr Ip Yee Collection and latterly the collection of Robert H. Blumenfield, sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2012, lot 1251; and a water vessel bearing the signature of Chen Zhongmei, from the collection of Tan Jing and Du Yuesheng, which was sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Hong Kong, 24 May 1978, lot 346, and again in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 546.

    尊以仿生作鹿形,公鹿體魄雄健,雄性體徵明顯,其雙目圓瞪,臉部肌肉及毛髮刻畫細緻生動,雙耳後貼,呈跪臥狀,兩隻鹿角呈分枝狀並向後延伸,直至鹿背上所托之敞口花瓶,鹿身淺刻圓形花紋。鹿身底鈐「陳仲美製」篆書方印,配檀香木作。

    陳仲美,萬歷年間宜興製紫砂名手,生卒年不詳。據明代周高起《陽羨茗壺系.神品》記載:「陳仲美,婺源人。初造瓷於景德鎮,以業之者多,不足成其名,棄之而來。好配壺土,意造諸玩,如香盒、花杯、狻猊爐、辟邪鎮紙,重鎪疊刻,細極鬼工。壺像花果,綴以草蟲,或龍戲海濤,伸爪出目。至塑大士像,莊嚴慈憫,神采欲生,瓔珞花鬘,不可思議。智兼龍眠道子,心思殫竭,以夭天年。」。現存陳仲美之傳世作品極為少見,偶見有仿古器,並以融合了青銅器之造型或特徵的作品為多。

    此鹿形尊工藝生動傳神,非大師之手不可為之,屬宜興紫砂文房清供之難得佳器。羅桂祥博士舊藏一件宜興紫泥鹿形尊,同鈐有陳仲美製款,時代定為十七世紀,其器形與此器同出一轍,見羅桂祥著,《The Stonewares of Yixing, From the Ming Period to the Present Day》,香港,1986年,頁224,圖版148。同鈐有「陳仲美製」款之紫砂器,見葉義醫生及美國收藏家Robert H. Blumenfield先後收藏一件紫泥仿古犧尊,後於紐約佳士得售出,2012年3月22日,編號1251;另參看譚敬、杜月笙舊藏一例陳仲美款紫泥摻沙仿古方盂,後於香港邦瀚斯售出,2012年5月27日,拍品546。
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A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'recumbent deer' vessel Inscribed Chen Zhongmei
A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'recumbent deer' vessel Inscribed Chen Zhongmei
A very rare Yixing stoneware archaistic 'recumbent deer' vessel Inscribed Chen Zhongmei
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