Chen Hanwen, active in the 18th century, is said to have been the younger brother of Chen Mingyuan. Paul Moss discusses Chen Hanwen’s output in The Literati Mode, Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1986, pp. 230-231, where he illustrates a dated lotus leaf-form brush washer bearing the mark of Chen Hanwen, no. 105. and a slip-decorated teapot by Chen bearing a Qianlong mark, now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and argues that Chen was active during the early Qianlong period. Chen’s work is notable for the use of archaistic motifs, evident in this inkstone, the box offered in this sale, lot 512, and in an archaistic bronze-imitation fangyi vessel with similar seal mark, sold in these rooms, 24th May 1978, lot 323, from the collection of Tan Jing, and now in the K.S. Lo collection, illustrated in K.S. Lo, The Stonewares of Yixing from the Ming Period to the Present Day, Hong Kong, 1986, pl. 161.
Another Yixing stoneware unmarked inkstone of chengni clay, similarly modelled in the form of a cicada, but attributed to the Ming dynasty, is illustrated in Simon Kwan, Chinese Inkstones, Hong Kong, 2005, pl. 89.