Another outstanding display case pleasantly surprises us with floral, vegetable or mineral rather than animal teapots, in the shapes of a pumpkin, a mango, a pineapple, a chrysanthemum and lotus plants.
Bringing the human figure into the artistic equation are a purplish brown stoneware “Teapot containing a female torso” by Ye Qing, and a buff stoneware teapot of a cowherd lying on the back of a water buffalo.
Exaggerated streamlining and swirling surface decoration give a very modern feel to a “Mythical-bird” teapot by an unknown contemporary Chinese artist. Also very modern are a simple but intricate “Square teapot with two compartments” by Chen Haosheng, and an austere 2000 black stoneware “Tall cylindrical teapot with four cups” by Jin Zhi.
A black stoneware “Slanted teapot” by Yu Yufang and a brown stoneware “Round teapot decorated with (a) tea tray” by Wang Songhuang are on display with nine tiny anonymous teapots in a final case.
The exhibit is highly recommended during its run.
— John Brandenburg