Chinese Yixing Zisha
Teapots: page 10
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|34.||Linear Design 1 zisha teapot by Tang Zhi
This teapot by Tang Zhi Ming is titled the Linear teapot because of the sharp-ridged lines that he forms in the surface by drawing his thumb over the unbaked clay. The result is a design that is simple, yet pleasing to the eye. The shape is classical and has seen many variations on a theme, but we find this sturdy simple teapot quite attractive, and we think that you will agree. It also comes in a second variation that has more of an angular design for both the body and the handle and has a light sponging of yellow color, as shown in the next slide.
|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.
For more of the teapot art by Xu Zhong Fang, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please visit the Xu Zhong Fang Page.
We also offer several stone dipper shaped teapots by Zhen Qiu Biao.
|Stone Decorated zisha teapot art by Chen
Min Jun, Yixing, China
There are many classic shapes and themes that we want to include in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, but it is always difficult to find just the right one. Decoration of the top edge of teapots with stylized "stone" is one of the themes that we had been looking for, and this sweet little teapot by Chen Min Jun is a an adorable example. It also has carvings on the sides and the detailed frog sculpture, which Chen is famous for, on the top.
|25.||Tree Stump with
Frog zisha Tea Set by Cheng Dong Zhu
As a designer of wood furniture, I can really appreciate the realistic appearance of these Tree Stump teapots by Chen Dong Zhu. They have bodies made of yellow clay to represent the wood, which also has "splits" in the surface like a real dying stump would have, plus they have an additional thin delicate layer of brown clay with a rough texture to make "bark" that is partially pealing off of the dying stump. The extra, small branch-work around the handle and spout adds even more to the attention for detail. The lids have rings or other markings to contribute to the realistic feel, and they also have an animal sitting on top of the stump: a frog, as the one that we have displayed, here, and others with a small chameleon or a squirrel, a la the theme that began in the Ming Dynasty. Moreover, each one is slightly different from any other (in fact, we have several in our collection), so no one else will have one exactly like yours. They are really one of the nicest renditions that we have seen of this theme, and the price makes them even more attractive, especially given the quality. The one that we offer, here, comes with a set of four cups, so that you can show it off to your friends, next time you have them over for tea.
To see more of the zisha teapot art by Cheng Dong Zhu, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, go to the Cheng Dong Zhu Page.
Moonlit Lotus Pond: original zisha teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen
Jiang Mei Zhen, as you can see from the other of her teapots that we have included, in the Leona Craig Gallery on-line, likes to do lotus themes. In this one, she has a frog on the lid, as with some others, and the feet are small lotus roots. On the body of the pot is a delicate overlay relief of lotus pads and flowers, a delicate pad on the top, and a leaf wrapped around the handle.
It is a nice teapot by one of our favorite teapot artists.
To see more of the teapot art of Jiang Mei Zhen, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please visit the Jiang Mei Zhen Pages.
|Lantern, zisha teapot art by Xu Zhong Fang, Yixing, China|
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