Chinese Yixing Zisha
Teapots: page 11
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Pumpkin Teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen, Yixing China
We have seen a lot of pumpkin theme teapots, going back centuries. We often see them multicolored in green, red orange, and yellow. In fact, we had been hunting for a source for our gallery, and we liked this one by Jian Mei Zhen.
The body is done all in green with a leaf-wrapped spout, a vine for the handle with leaves and tendrils overlaid on the side of the pumpkin. Other nice touches include some ladybugs, a moth crawling across the top, and a little colored pumpkin flower where the handle meets the body.
You can see more of the teapot art of Jiang Mei Zhen, in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, on the Jiang Mei Zhen Page.
|Tripod Milk Pale, zisha teapot art by Xu
Zhong Fang, Yixing, China
This teapot with its three feet, deformed from the clay of the base, is a traditional shape from a hundred or so years ago. We are always on the look out for some of the more traditional shapes to complement the more modern, artistic teapots that we have included in the Leona Craig Art Collection. Even though the traditional shapes seem more simple, it takes an expert artist to make good examples of them, an Xu Zhong Fang has done several that we just love. The spout has a downward curve, at its end, as is part of the classical tradition, and the lid fits integrally and tightly with the curves of the pot.
Chufa: zisha teapot art by Qian Jian Sheng after design by Jiang Rong, Yixing
This Yixing teapot design was made famous by Jiang Rong, who recently passed away . It is a chufa tuber, which, like garlic, bears a bunch of, in its case, nuts, which are sometimes called earth almonds. We like it as a plant theme for a teapot. In her rendition, there are some little representative fuzzy roots, in yellow clay, delicately placed around the tuber; it has the ends of broken-off stalks for the lid pull made of yellow clay, brushed with brown to give it the appearance of drying. Ther is also a yellow-brown clay chufa nut on the side, and green leaf and vine themes are used for the handle and spout. The various colored clays make this subtle teapot design so pretty. Today, you can find many copies of it, including from members of her family. We have looked at a number of the ones available, and we have decided to include this one by her nephew, Qian Jian Sheng, because it is more reasonably priced versus Rong's other relatives, although it is expensive versus some of the other teapot art we offer. In fact, he makes two sizes, but this one, although the highest priced of the two, offered the better value per size.
To see more of the teapot art of Qian Jian Sheng, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, please, visit the Qian Jian Sheng Page.
|Lion on Treestump, original zisha clay teapot art by Sun jin Li, Yixing, China||$||300cc|
Stone Dipper (Yellow) by Zheng Qiu Biao, Yixing
This trapezoidal profile is a classic shape from the Qing Dynasty; it also has three feet. We especially liked it done in yellow clay, which gives it such a cheery look.
To view more of the art of Zheng Qiu Biao, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Zheng Qiu Biao Page.
Goldfish on Lotus zisha teapot art by Jiang Mei Zhen (蒋美珍),
In Chinese culture the goldfish is equated with luck in financial matters. This teapot is in the lotus blossom theme, with petals surrounding the side of the base and yellow "seeds" contained within the seed pod within the blossom. finishing touches include a stem handle, finished with a small lotus bud, a lotus root-shaped spout and a lotus pad on the lid. It is also in a taller, more formal style. We also offer another one with a lotus blossom, instead of a gold fish, as the lid pull.
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.
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