Chinese Yixing Zisha
Teapots: page 7
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White Rabbit from Taiwan
This is a very cute, slightly abstract rendition of a rabbit. The ears are actually separate from the head and make up the lid pull. It even has little inlaid dark pink eyes, like a bunny should. All in all, it is a darling little piece of art. This little bunny came to China, all the way from from Taiwan, and we have only one in stock, so, if you like it, buy it before it is gone.
|Tall Stone teapot by Xu Zhong Fang,
The so-called stone motif is simple, but it was actually a simple stone dipper teapot by Gu Jing Zhou, which recently brought an auction price in the millions of dollars. The stone dipper is slightly lower profile, and the sides slope up at more of an angel than this tall stone. In any event, Xu Zhong Fang is a master artist, and we love the classic styles that he makes.
We also offer several stone dipper shaped teapots by Zhen Qiu Biao.
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Butterfly Flower: copy of teapot originally designed Jiang Yan Ting
Jiang Yan Ting, a teapot artists from the early 20th century was the originator of this butterfly flower theme. The sculpture has a flower beginning to bloom and surrounded by delicate rippling folds. The lid is cut to fit in with the overall sculpture, and it has a butterfly as a pull. On the bottom, there are several caterpillars crawling.
Jiang Yan Ting's niece, Jiang Rong, was a famous artist, in the latter part of the 20th century, and she only recently passed away. She continued, as many teapot art students do, to make butterfly flower teapots, some beautiful multi-colored, and we see many contemporary copies of her teapots at the teapot markets.
The one that we offer is an older copy, but the craftsmanship is good, with beautiful delicate folds to make up the opening flower husks. Originals by the elder and younger Jiang sell for startlingly high prices, in the $100,000 range and more. In this wonderful work of art, we offer a beautifully-crafted alternative at a reasonable price. It was, in fact, the second teapot that I acquired when I moved to China, although I did not know of its noble heritage: I just loved the design.
|73.||Frogs, Fish & Insects on Lotus Pads: zisha teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen, Yixing,
This lotus pad theme has been around for some time, and we even have an older one in the collection. We particularly liked this one by Jiang Mei Zhen with its frog built into the spout: both frogs have eyes that are movable in their sockets. In addition, there are some insects crawling on the surface: a lady bug and a moth. The handle is a lotus vive, ending in a lotus flower bud. The finishing touch are three feet, fashioned in the shape of fish, swimming under the pads; just like the frogs, the eyes of the fish move in their scokets. It is a very creative rendition of this theme.
To view more of the teapot sculpture art of Jiang Mei Zhen, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Jiang Mei Zhen Page.
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