Small teapot

Small, brown clay teapot with lid; updated version of traditional Yixing ware. Compressed globular body on round foot ring; spout described by the artist as “resembling a pig’s snout” (i.e. flared opening, constricted waist, and wide base where it joins vessel body). Sieve at interior base of spout. C-shaped handle–with steam hole–sited high on shoulder of pot. Lid with tall knob. Slightly concave base incised with artist’s signature and date.

Maker(s)
Artist: Ah Leon 陳景亮 (Taiwan, born 1953)
Historical period(s)
Modern period, October 6, 1991
Medium
Unglazed stoneware
Style
Yixing style ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6.6 x 12.9 x 8.9 cm (2 5/8 x 5 1/16 x 3 1/2 in)
Geography
Taiwan, Taibei, Neihu district
Credit Line
Gift of Chou Yi-Hsiung
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.44a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Teapot

Keywords
China, Modern period (1912 - present), stoneware, Taiwan, tea, Yixing ware
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Small, brown clay teapot with lid; updated version of traditional Yixing ware. Compressed globular body on round foot ring; spout described by the artist as "resembling a pig's snout" (i.e. flared opening, constricted waist, and wide base where it joins vessel body). Sieve at interior base of spout. C-shaped handle--with steam hole--sited high on shoulder of pot. Lid with tall knob. Slightly concave base incised with artist's signature and date.

Inscription(s)

1. (Jan Stuart, 23 September 1997) The teapot is signed on the bottom with the artist's name written in Chinese characters and with a date in Arabic numerals -- 10.6.91. The series number, 670, is also neatly engraved into the bottom.

2. (Jan Stuart, 23 September 1997) "Ah Leon" (or Aliang, in pinyin) is incised in Chinese characters into the bottom of the teapot. The number "670" and date "10.6.1991" are also incised into the base.

Published References
  • Liliane Dutrait. Ah Leon: le maitre du the et du bois [Master of Tea and Wood]. no. 100, May/June 1998. .
  • Du Liqin. Kuayue dongxi zhi jian de qiao: Chen Jingliang [Chen Jingliang Bridge between East and West]. no. 562, February 1998. pp. 46-49.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art, Contemporary Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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