The introduction to the present album may be translated as follows:
The purple-sand type of Yixing pots began in the Northern Song Dynasty, but reached a florescence in the Southern Song. By the end of the Yuan Dynasty, there had already appeared a technique for etching inscriptions on these pots. And in the Ming Dynasty, the development of purple-sand pots had reached its ultimate ‘high tide.’ Among great masters of that time, most celebrated is Gongchun, the sole name to be transmitted from that era. There is a tradition that one small pot by Gongchun, after several decades of use, would reach a value of one bar of gold.
With the early Qing, there further appeared such great masters as Shi Dabin, Li Zhongfang and Xu Yuquan.During the years of the Kangxi through the Qianlong periods, the forms of the pots evolved from the ‘tendon-pattern’ type to natural forms. Among the great masters of this period one must include Chen Mingyuan and, slightly later than him, Chen Hongshou and Yang Pengnian collaborated on pots whose construction of forms, techniques for delineating pictures, and etching of inscriptions all melded together into a whole. The people of the time called these ‘Mansheng Pots,’ and at the time, there was a theory to the effect that there were Eighteen Forms of Mansheng Pots. The bottoms of these pots would for the most part be inscribed with the four characters A Man to shi and there would also be a seal of the characters Mansheng [Chen’s hao], or a seal of the two characters, Pengnian. A small number of them also employ a seal reading Sanglienli guan (Studio of the Interlocking Mulberry Trees).
During the same time, other famed masters included Shao Daheng, Zhu Shimei and Qu Ziye, whose names resonated throughout the period.
The present album is designed to supplement the deficiency of materials available for the history of purple-sand pots, and I have thus collected here rubbings of examples merely to make up for the insufficiency of such treasures. And here I add this preface.
Inscribed by Changbai Shanren, Yanyu, with four seals of the artist.
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