Modeled in imitation of a square basket with leather borders, the handle, spout and finial modeled as short chunks of bamboo; the underside with the artists' joint seal mark 'Ri yu yi fang Jianxing Wenxia zhi (Made by Jianxing Wenxia [in] the Sun and Rain Studio)', the interior of the cover with two small square seals 'Jianxing' and 'Wenxia'
7½ in. (19.1 cm.) across
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
The Irving Collection, no. 43Y.
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Lu Wenxia, a female artist, was born in 1966 in Yixing, Jiangsu province. She began her career as a disciple of the Yixing pottery master Xu Xiutang (maker of lots 6 and 50). Lu respects the Yixing pottery-making traditions but also innovates in her presentation of classic subjects. She is known as a master of capturing details from daily life and objects. Her approach to imitating bamboo, one of the most common classical subjects within Chinese art, is unique and lively. Lu’s pieces depict the imperfections of the bamboo by recreating the natural wormholes and decay on the surface. Lu often adds a tiny ladybug onto the bamboo, positioned as if it is about to fly away, to represent the transience of time and life; this ladybug has become a signature of the artist. Some of her other naturalistic works are in the collection of Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and in the collection of Ziguangge, Beijing.
In 1992, Lu decided to leave the Yixing Pottery Factory and establish her own art studio, Riyu Yifang (“Sun and Rain Studio”, 日雨藝坊), with fellow artist Lu Jianxing. Lu Jianxing, a male artist, was born in 1958, and is also a native of Yixing, Jiangsu province. Lu began studying pottery and sculpture at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, Jiangsu province in 1984, and also studied under the master potter Xu Xiutang (maker of lots 6 and 50). He has been making pottery and promoting Yixing art to foreign audiences ever since.