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Silkworms: zisha teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen 95. Silkworms on Mulberry: zisha teapot art by Jiang Mei Zhen, Yixing, China (after Xie Man Lun)

This is a very sweet little teapot, which was originally conceived by by Xie Man Lun, a famous teapot artist in the post-Qing Dynasty era of the 20th century.  Jiang has made a very precise copy of that original.  The body, made of green clay, is composed of mulberry leaves, the traditional food of the silkworm, as is the lid.  If you look closely at the edge where the top leaf meets the bottom, you will also notice a very delicate pattern, like the jagged edge of a real mulberry leaf. Two silkworms make their way across the top of the body, and as another, on the lid, stretches up to scan the horizon, he becomes the lid-pull.  Moreover, as Jiang Mei Zhen explained to us, the two smaller silkworms are made of darker clay than the larger one on the lid because younger silkworms are darker, in reality, and become whiter when they mature.  A Mulberry branch makes up the handle, and a lone mulberry lays on top.

It is a cute artistic theme for a teapot, and the bright colors and beautiful execution make so wonderfully attractive.
  $750   600cc

"Lotus Blosson": teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen 37. Lotus Blossom with Frog and Ladybug zisha teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen (蒋美珍), Yixing

This Lotus Blossom by Jiang Mei Zhen has beautiful detail and lines in the body of the pot.  What really makes it special, however, is the little details.  The lid pull is a smaller lotus bud that is free to swivel; the little tips on the lid pull are meant to represent the seeds that form in the lotus seed pod after it has shed its petals.  The ladybug is a traditional component theme in many pots and so is the frog, but this frog also has eyes that are movable in their sockets.  She says that she owes her talent and inspiration to the late, great artist, Jiang Rong who was her mentor and a distant relative.  This was the first teapot that I fell in love with when I came to China because I just adored the design.

  $900   420cc  
Moonlit Lotus Pool: teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen 78. Moonlit Lotus Pond: original zisha teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen (蒋美珍), Yixing, China

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.

  $1,000   400cc  
Frogs insects on lotus pads: teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen 73. Frogs, Insects & Fish on Lotus Pads: zisha teapot designed by Jiang Mei Zhen, Yixing, China

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 vine, ending in a lotus flower bud.  The finishing touch are three feet, fashioned in the shape of fish, swimming under the pads; the fish also have movable eyes.  It is a very creative rendition of this theme.
  $1,000   400cc  
Pumpkin teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen 48. Pumpkin Teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen (蒋美珍), Yixing China

We have seen a lot of pumpkin theme teapots, going back centuries.  We often see them multicolored in green, red and orange.  In fact, we had been hunting for a source for our gallery, and we liked this one by Jiang Mei Zhen.

The body is done all in green with a leaf-wrapped spout, a vine for the handle with leaves and tendrils from the vine overlaid on the side of the pumpkin.  Other nice touches include some ladybugs and a mouth crawling across the top and a little colored pumpkin flower where the handle meets the body.


Three dragons teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen 01. Bronze zisha clay three-legged dragon teapot by Jiang Mei Zhen (蒋美珍), Yixing China

The dragon is a common theme, in Chinese art, as well as art from other parts of the world.  Since ancient times, the Dragon has been a symbol of power, nobility, and honor, as well as a symbol of luck and success.

We have seen a number of different dragon themes, in teapot art, some of which we also have included in our gallery.  Indeed, as I am a dragon, I am particularly fond of dragons, myself.  He must also be a water dragon, like me, as he has playful fish, swimming around his body.  This one is also made of special bronze clay (qing tong ni).

  $1,000   450cc  
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