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Title

Teapot with three 'lingzhi' feet and dragon head spout

circa 1980


Artists

HE Tingchu

China

Yixing ware

China


About

Yixing pottery in Jiangsu Province dates from the sixteenth century and is one of the most famous of the Chinese ceramic wares. Yixing potters have always specialised in the making of teapots, and for centuries the educated and dilettante scholar-officials who were arbiters of taste in China, esteemed Yixing ware as the best for brewing tea.

Yixing teapots were in demand not only in China, but also in Europe which imported them to use when sampling new shipments of tea from the East.

With the founding of the Republic of China in 1912 patronage for Yixing shifted from the mandarin scholars to commercial firms. Production ceased 1940-1954 because of the Japanese invasion and subsequent civil war. When production resumed in the by-then nationalised companies, potters were still permitted to place their seals on the pots which they made, in the traditional manner. However this changed during the Cultural Revolution (1968-78) when the base bore only the 4-character stamp 'Zhongguo Yixing' seen on this piece. After the end of the Cultural Revolution, potters were again allowed to sign their work, as in this teapot.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1991.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

circa 1980


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

Yixing stoneware


Dimensions

9.5 x 19.0 x 11.3 cm :

a - pot; 8.9 x 19 x 11.3 cm

b - lid; 3.1 x 8.1 cm


Credit

Anonymous gift 1991


Location

Not on display


Accession number

188.1991.a-b


Artist information

HE Tingchu

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

Yixing ware

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
China