Chen Mingyuan was one of the leading and most versatile potters active during the late Kangxi (1662-1722) and Yongzheng (1723-35) periods and. Trained by his father Chen Ziqi, a distinguished 17th century potter, he is best known for his scholar's articles through which he was able to achieve a particularly refined sense of realism. His vessels are best known for their thin bodies and fine craftsmanship while his inscriptions were said to be in the style of the Sui and Tang calligraphers. Other names he used include Hecun, Hefeng, Shixiashanren and Huyen.
Compare waterpots of various organic forms also impressed with the seal of Chen Mingyuan, such as one in the form of a lotus pod, illustrated in K.S. Lo, The Stonewares of Yizing from the Ming Period to the Present Day, London, 1986, pl. 143; one modelled after a bamboo shoot, included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935, cat. no. 1883; and a miniature pumpkin-shaped example offered in these rooms, 24th May 1978, lot 339.
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