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OU museum exhibits collection of Chinese teapots

A collection of decorative Chinese teapots is on view at University of Oklahoma's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Published: April 10, 2011

The same might be said of a nearly funky dark green stoneware “Lotus teapot with five frogs (including one inside it),” attributed to Jiang Rong.

Other displays

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