A rare Yixing teapot and cover, by Yang Pengnian. Mid Qing dynasty. Photo Bonhams

Of broad cylindrical form, curving in at the shoulders, applied with a short tapering spout, the opposite side with a long curved handle, the inside of the cover inscribed with an indistinct two-character seal mark, the body of a purple-grey suffused with light speckles, the base inscribed 'Yangpengnian zhi'. 17.8cm high. Estimate: HK$100,000 - 150,000, US$ 13,000 - 19,000 . Unsold

清中期 宜興紫砂桶壼 模製「楊彭年製」楷書款

Provenance:: Private American collection

Yang Pengnian is renowned as among the greatest master of Yixing teapots, active in the Jiaqing/Daoguang period. For a Yang Pengnian teapot in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Yixing. Zisha Wares in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2007, p. 109, no. 53. See also a teapot made by Yang Pengnian and inscribed by Chen Mansheng sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 3096

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