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Teapot

  • Place of origin:

    Yixing (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-1730 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand moulded stoneware

  • Museum number:

    C.32&A-1947

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 14, shelf 8 []

Many Yixing teapots carry the seal of the Chinese scholars who owned them. The owner of this teapot preferred to use his style name 'Lodge of Bamboo and Rock'. Bamboo does not bend and rock does not change, so these two natural forms symbolised the character of a gentleman of principle.

Physical description

A teapot of squat form, with a straight spout. It is decorated with two rows of moulded alternating large and small lappets filled with stylised floral designs. Flowerheads are placed between these pendant and upright lappets, and the pattern is repeated on the lid. A band of circular and diamond diapers embellishes the shoulders. On the flat base is an impressed mark Yunshi Ju (Lodge of Bamboo and Rock) in seal script within a double square.
The word 'yun' means 'the skin of bamboo' but is often used as an alternative word for 'bamboo'. Bamboo and rock were two things from nature that most scholars liked to compare themselves with.

Place of Origin

Yixing (made)

Date

ca. 1700-1730 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Hand moulded stoneware

Marks and inscriptions

'Yunshi Ju' in seal script within a double square
Lodge of Bamboo and Rock
Impressed mark on the base

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm with lid

Object history note

Formerly C. Ward Loan 39.

Descriptive line

Yixing ware. Teapot with lid, hand moulded stoneware; China (Yixing), Qing dynasty, ca. 1700-30

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose "Yixing Wares in the V&A" in Orientations, Vol. 14, No. 10; October 1983, Fig. 11.

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Moulded

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Lappets; Diaper-work

Categories

Tea, coffee & chocolate wares; Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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