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Tall stone teapot by Xu Zoing Fang   Tall Stone teapot by Xu Zhong Fang, Yixing, china

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.
Domed Teapot by Xu Zhong Fang   Ancient Charm, zisha teapot art with calligraphy by Xu Zhong Fan, Yixing, China          
Chrysanthemum bud, teapot by Xu Zhong Fang   Chrysanthemum Bud, zisha teapot art by Xu Zhong Fang, Yixing, China

Xu actually makes two teapots in the chrysanthemum theme,  one with a plain lid and this one with a lid that continues the petal design of the body, and it also has 20 petals, as opposed to the 16 in the other.  Both are done in yellow clay, and both are artfully done.
Jade Handle teapot by Xu Zhong Fang   Jade with Handle zisha teapot art by Xu Zhong Fan, Yixing, China          
Tripod Milk Pale by Xu Zhong Fang   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.

This is a shape from the classical period of Yixing teapots about a century ago.  Xu has won several prizes with this work, the most recent of which was a gold prize, in Yixing, for its perfection.

Traditional Yixing teapot by Xu Zhongfang   Traditional Yixing teapot by Xu Zhong Fang, Yixing, China

This is a very traditional Yixing teapot shape from at least a hundred years ago, still done today by Xu Zhong Fang.  The body is stout.  The spout has the downward curve at the tip.  The handle is done with a flourish.  The lip along the mouth of the base is met by a lip on the lid.  Those traditional Qing dynasty shapes are by no means easy to make, especially with grace and precision, but Xu Zhong Fang has mastered the art.  It is a very traditional shape, a century ago, and is still popular among Chinese buyer, today.
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