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HOW THE BOSS OF REN FU COLLECTION SOLVED THE PUZZLE AND MYSTERY OF HUI MENG CHEN AND THE POT THAT MADE HUI MENG CHEN THE MOST FAMOUS! THE MOST POPULAR AND THE MOST WORSHIPPED AND YES, PROBABLY, THE GREATEST POTTER OF ALL TIMES………………………

HOW THE BOSS OF REN FU COLLECTION SOLVED THE PUZZLE AND MYSTERY OF HUI MENG CHEN AND THE POT THAT MADE HUI MENG CHEN THE MOST FAMOUS! THE MOST POPULAR AND THE MOST WORSHIPPED AND YES, PROBABLY, THE GREATEST POTTER OF ALL TIMES………………………………………………………………………………

“ You have uncovered and solved some very difficult loopholes in banking and you have solved some of the most difficult mathematical problems in university-your brain was known for solving impossible problems with very little clues, so it should be a walk in the park for you to solve the puzzle of this most mysterious of Old Master Potter called Hui Meng Chen with so abundant clues from Ren Fu Collection’s treasure trove of archaeological data and in fact no one else but you have a monopoly of this awesome  Hui Meng Chen archaeological data:surely Ren Fu Collection must have an answer?”, said a British Art friend of the boss of Ren Fu Collection.

The boss replied, “Yes, I know we are the only one in the world with all the archaeological solutions to Hui Meng Chen but my problem is I do not know Chinese and almost all the important materials are  written in Chinese from books right up to the inscriptions on the Pots and I have asked my manager to get translated or English version for me. After that we will see how puzzling or mysterious that Old Master Potter Hui Meng Chen is?”

So Tony Ren gathered as much as possible all available materials on Hui Meng Chen in English, whether from reliable or unreliable sources, and handed them to the boss of Ren Fu Collection.

And we are glad to say, yes, we have touch down and Man has landed on the moon!

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are very happy to say we have a breakthrough! Thanks to the boss of Ren Fu Collection, we have found Hui Meng Chen, a discovery which was a monumentally crucial breakthrough that if not for a last minute change of mind to excavate, would have been destroyed by the tractors and bull-dozers to make way for commercial and residential development. Yes, a very, very rare Pot, in fact it’s the only archaeologically excavated and proven  Shunzhi Hui Meng Chen Zhuni Hu in the world that only, we repeat only, with Ren Fu Collection huge trawler net of thousands of excavations could find and find Hui Meng Chen we did-with the finest problem-solving mind of the one and only boss of Ren Fu Collection who to those know him know he has an ingenious, razor-sharp and “rocket-science”  mind and incidentally even the organized fraudster and scholar Huang Qian Liang once praised the boss after Ren Fu Collection’s first Pre-Daoguang Zisha Hus exhibition on October 2010 in Equatorial Hotel, Malaysia with these words, “ Whoever the boss of Ren Fu Collection is, he must be an ingenious and very smart person.”(see proof of remark on Huang Qian Liang’s Taiwan Blog in 2011).

This is what the boss of Ren Fu Collection want to say: I have a Master Degree from a prestigious university in the United Kingdom which proves that I am not stupid. I do not like to be a Zisha Hu businessman because I cannot cheat people and almost all Zisha Hu businessmen cheat people and sell Fake Pots.

I love treasure hunting and I am not afraid of dangers even at a great risk to my life especially in saving or rescuing old artefacts from the remote lands and seas of the world. I do not get involved in Zisha Hu and leave the business to Tony Ren, someone who is brave, honest and trustworthy which is a rare and important commodity in this very chaotic Zisha Hu world made chaotic and threatened with destruction by organized fraudsters, Fake Zisha Hus and Fake facts if nothing is done about them.

The view here is my own and I let Tony Ren, my manager, articulate it and add his own views. I hope you learners, erudite or not, can benefit from them greatly in terms of true knowledge of which this is a great milestone never before achieved by anybody in unravelling the puzzle of Hui Meng Chen and his great contributions to not just Zisha Hu but also to the tea culture.

Ladies and Gentlemen, without further ado, our journey in the discovery of Hui Meng Chen begins but be warned that even though this is the biggest story in Ren Fu Collection’s entire archaeological collection of stories, it could be just a part of the huge story about the real Hui Meng Chen and his contributions to Zisha Hu and Tea culture.

And for your information, unlike other stories, Ren Fu Collection’s story are based on our experience and knowledge excavating thousands of graves and tombs just like people say, “ Dead man tells no lies”.

(惠孟臣故事第三集)

 

任富收藏的老板是如何破解最出名的惠孟臣朱泥壶的谜团的!最受欢迎,最受崇拜,是的,可能是有史以来最伟大的陶艺家…………..

“你已经发现并解决了银行业中一些非常困难的漏洞,你已经解决了一些大学里最难的数学问题,你的大脑被发现用很少的线索解决不可能的问题,所以,对于你来说,这应该是一个在公园里散步,以解决这个最神秘的老陶艺大师的谜题,称为惠孟臣如此丰富的线索,从任富收藏的考古数据宝藏来讲,事实上没有其他人,但你有一个可怕的惠孟臣垄断考古任富收藏必须“有答案吗?” 任富收藏公司老板的一位英国艺术朋友说。

老板回答说:“是的,我知道我们是世界上唯一一个能为惠孟臣提供所有考古解决方案的人,但我的问题是我不懂中文,几乎所有的重要材料都是用中文写的,从书籍到壶上的铭文,我已经请我的经理帮我翻译或翻译成英文。之后,我们将看到老陶艺大师惠孟臣是多么令人费解或神秘?”

于是,任汤尼尽可能多地用英语搜集了所有有关惠孟臣的资料,不管是可靠的还是不可靠的,都交给了任富收藏的老板。

我们很高兴地说,是的,我们已经着陆,人类已经登陆月球!

是的,女士们先生们,我们很高兴地说我们有了突破!多亏了任富收藏的老板,我们找到了惠孟臣,这是一个具有里程碑意义的重大突破,如果不是在最后一刻改变主意去挖掘,就会被拖拉机和推土机摧毁,为商业和住宅开发让路。是的,一个非常非常罕见的壶,事实上它是世界上唯一一个经过考古发掘和证实的顺治惠孟臣朱泥壶,我们只是重复一下,有了任富收藏,上千次挖掘的巨大撒网可以找到惠孟臣,我们用任富收藏唯一的老板最精于解决问题的头脑做了这件事,认识他的人都知道他有一种独创性,剃刀般犀利和“火箭科学”的头脑,顺便说一句,就连有组织的骗子和学者黄健亮也曾在2010年10月任富收藏在马来西亚赤道酒店举办的首届“道光前紫砂壶展览” 后称赞过老板,“不管任富收藏的老板是谁,他一定是一个很有创意,很聪明的人。”(见黄健亮2011年台湾博客的评论证明)。

这是任富收藏老板想说的话:我有一所英国名牌大学的硕士学位,这证明我并不笨。我不喜欢做一个紫砂壶商人,因为我不能欺骗人,大多数的紫砂壶商人都欺骗人,卖假壶。

我热爱寻宝,即使冒着生命危险,我也不怕危险,特别是从世界的遥远的陆地和海洋中拯救或拯救古老的艺术品。我不参与紫砂壶,把生意交给任汤尼,一个勇敢、诚实、值得信赖的人,在这个混乱的老紫砂壶世界里,这是一种罕见而重要的商品。这个世界变得混乱,如果不采取任何措施,就会被有组织的欺诈者、假紫砂壶和假事实摧毁。

这里的观点是我自己的,我让我的经理任汤尼(Tony Ren)阐述并补充自己的观点。我希望你们这些学识渊博的人,无论是否博学,都能从他们的真知灼见中受益匪浅,这是一个伟大的里程碑,任何人都无法解开惠孟臣的谜团,他不仅对紫砂壶,而且对茶文化作出了巨大的贡献。

女士们,先生们,我们发现惠孟臣的旅程已经开始了,但请注意,尽管这是任富收藏的全部考古故事集中最大的一个故事,但它可能只是真实惠孟臣及其对紫砂壶和茶文化贡献的巨大故事的一部分。

供您参考,与其他故事不同的是,任富收藏的故事是根据我们的经验和知识,挖掘了成千上万的坟墓和经验,就像人们说的“死人不说谎”。

All Ren Fu Collection’s archaeological materials, data and discoveries are like the pieces of dinosaur bones found separately and when combined together can make up the complete skeletal structure of a dinosaur and only from this complete skeletal structure can we put flesh, skin, nose, ears, claws, teeth, etc…on it and work out the age, sex, weight, height, length, what it ate, how fast it could  run, and so on. Yes, when you have an awesome and huge collection of thousands of excavated teapots and tea wares with archaeological records, you can conduct archaeological investigations  as if you are traveling back in time for example to the time the Old Potter lived or to the time the Pot was made.

Tea culture is more than 1,700 years old and as a Chinese I am very proud because we Chinese created it. The Tang Dynasty saw the beginning of a sophisticated tea culture which was further developed in the Song Dynasty but unfortunately both involved clumsy, unrefined tea wares or utensils like big water boiler/kettle on big stove, big tea bowls to drink mixture of tea and herbs soup from as in the Tang timeline and later in the Song timeline, whipping tea powder in a bowl and then drinking tea from the bowl, not to mention the repertoire of tea utensils used and tedious procedures involved just to make tea into bricks, cakes or powdered form…Good Heavens!

Then came the moment in the Ming Dynasty when the first Emperor thought it  better to make tea directly from the tea leaves and to do away with the clumsy repertoire of tea making utensils and the tedious process of making tea leaves into bricks/cakes and so a revolution in the history of tea took place during the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) when Emperor Tai-Tzu abolished the tribute of Chien-an cake tea from Fujian province in 1391. He forbade further production of caked tea and changed from powdered tea to tea leaves, thus ending the prominent position that caked tea had enjoyed since the Tang Dynasty.

Great Chinese minds started to invent or create tea drinking vessels with the sole intention of making the best tea. First was the monks of Jinshe Temple during Zhengde’s reign when they made the first Zisha Teapots which they thought are the best way to make the best tea by steeping tea leaves in the teapots and drinking tea from them. Luck then has it that a boy-servant of a Ming official by the name of Gong Chun stumbled upon the creation and started to copy the monks in making the Teapots which were made of Zisha clays. Some people say Gong Chun is a myth because there are no archaeological proofs, some people say it’s real because of anecdotal evidence and the rest not sure what to believe? Archaeological proofs notwithstanding, Zisha Hus are real and did originate from somewhere, sometime in history and all because people want to make the best possible tea and Late Ming Zisha teapots were big but good enough to make good tea but not the perfect Pot to make the best tea in……until some Potter by the name of Hui Meng Chen came along and revolutionized teapot making and in turn also indirectly revolutionizing tea drinking into an art form called Gong Fu tea Culture, yes, all because people want to make the best possible tea. We have now warmed you up for the real journey into the history of Hui Meng Chen and the revolutionary small  Zhuni Hu….so let’s go full throttle!

Now let’s talk about Hui Meng Chen: the most puzzling and the most mysterious of Old Master Potter?

Unlike Shi DaBin who are supported by 7 archaeologically excavated Shi DaBin Pots( found in mainland China) and that people know what a real Late Ming Shi DaBin Zisha Hu looks like, Hui Meng Chen only has one documented Pot in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London which is a  Late Ming Tianqi 7th Year Reign Zisha Pot. Other than that nobody really knows and nothing is known about Hui Meng Chen in the Zisha Hu world which is full of guess works and none is right about Hui Meng Chen……until now!

Yes, until now because now we have archaeological proofs and tons of it, thanks to the greatest rescue-excavations feat ever carried out in the Zisha Hu world that before this not even a single archaeologically excavated Hui Meng Chen Pot existed.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Ren Fu Collection’s awesome collection of excavated Hui Meng Chen Pots with archaeological records and of which about 50% of all Ren Fu Collection excavated Zisha Hus consist of  Meng Chen Zhuni Copies and a very likely real Hui Meng Chen Pot.( we have a lot of high grade exquisite Meng Chen Zhuni Hus but we think they are Old Copies).

Now here is the way a clever person like my boss who is retired but a  very mathematical and scientific  person with a Master Degree and who dislike guess works, looks at the puzzle or mystery of Hui Meng Chen?

You can solved the puzzle in two ways: chronological or reverse chronology. Chronological is the development of historical events until the modern day. Reverse chronology is going backwards in historical events just like in reverse engineering where China buys a super-advance aircraft from America and tears it apart to learn how the Americans made the aircraft  and then the Chinese  make a copy of the plane.(very smart Chinese) Reverse chronology is a clever way to solve a complicated problem or puzzle by looking and analyzing history backwards and therefore it can be used to solve some questions about Hui Meng Chen like for example we know that Zhou GaoQi did not mention Hui Meng Chen in his book titled An Account of YangXian Teapots because( using reverse chronology) Hui Meng Chen made Pots like the Pot in the Victoria and Albert Museum which is a Tianqi 7th Year Reign copy of Shi DaBin’s High Lantern-shaped Pot and which did not impressed  Zhou GaoQi and that was why Zhou GaoQi did not include Hui Meng Chen’s name in his book.

Now we look at the second reverse chronology method: we know that Hui Meng Chen’s Late Ming Pots did not impress Zhou GaoQi or the tea drinking community because his Late Ming Pots did not impress anybody. Now we look at the Late Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qian Long, Jiaqing and Daoguang period and about 50% of all excavated Zisha Hus are small Meng Chen Zhuni Copies and most of the Gong Fu tea set included Small Meng Chen Zhuni Pots indicating an awesome and different image of Hui Meng Chen as the most famous, most popular and most worshipped Old Master Potter of all times.( even until today Meng Chen,s name is the most famous, most popular and most worshipped).

Why? What did Hui Meng Chen do to merit such awesome acclaim? The Pots he made in Late Ming were boring and unimpressive copycats that even the famous Late Zisha Hu historian Zhou GaoQi did not see fit to mention in his book, “ An Account of YangXian Teapots”.

So eureka!, it must be the Pots Hui Meng Chen made after Zhou GaoQi died in 1646(Shunzhi 2nd Year Reign) and who therefore did not see the revolutionary Pots Hui Meng Chen made and the revolutionary Pots must be small Zhuni Pots like, one of which is, the  Ren Fu Collection Shunzhi Pot No:387.

And there are more reverse chronology proofs found in Ren Fu Collection’s awesome archaeological materials, data and discoveries which we will go into later that indicate Hui Meng Chen is possibly the greatest Old Master Potter of all times. For a better understanding and more detailed analysis, we break the study and research into  eight parts:

  • Chronological events
  • Development of Tea Culture
  • John Ng’s Evolution of the Shi DaBin High Lantern-shaped Zisha Hu
  • Archaeological proofs .
  • Reverse chronology.
  • Chronological chart
  • Something about Hui Meng Chen, Jingdezhen and Emperor Qian Long
  • Conclusions

 

所有任富收藏的藏品考古记录、资料和发现,都像是单独发现的恐龙骨骼碎片,结合在一起,就可以构成恐龙的完整骨骼结构,只有从这个完整的骨骼结构上,我们才能把肉、皮、鼻、耳、爪、牙等放在上面,计算出恐龙的年龄、性别,体重、身高、身长、吃了什么、跑得有多快等等。是的,当你有一个令人敬畏的和巨大的收藏数以千计的出土茶壶和茶具与考古记录,你可以进行考古调查,如果你是旅行回到过去的时间,例如老陶艺家生活的时间或壶的时间。

茶文化有1700多年的历史,作为一个中国人,我非常自豪,因为我们中国人创造了茶文化。唐朝开始了一种复杂的茶文化,这种文化在宋朝得到了进一步发展,但不幸的是,这两种文化都涉及到笨重、粗糙的茶具或器具,比如大炉子上的大水壶、大茶碗,用来喝唐朝和宋后期的茶和草药汤的混合物,在碗里搅打茶粉,然后从碗里喝茶,更不用说茶具的使用和繁琐的程序,只需要把茶做成砖,蛋糕或粉末的形式…天哪!

后来到了明朝,第一位皇帝认为最好直接用茶叶泡茶,废除笨拙的茶具和把茶叶做成砖/饼的繁琐过程,于是在明朝(1368-1644)发生了一场茶史革命太祖于1391年废除福建建安饼茶进贡,禁止再生产泡茶,由粉茶改为茶叶,结束了自唐代以来泡茶的显赫地位。

伟大的中国人开始发明或创造饮茶器皿,唯一的目的就是要做最好的茶。首先是明朝正德年间金沙寺的僧侣们,他们制作了第一个紫砂茶壶,他们认为用茶壶泡茶叶,喝紫砂茶是最好的沏茶方法。幸运的是,一个叫龚春的明朝官员的男仆偶然发现了这件作品,并开始模仿僧侣制作紫砂泥制的茶壶。有人说龚春是一个神话,因为没有考古证据,有人说它是真实的,因为轶事证据,其余的不知道该相信什么?尽管有考古证据,紫砂壶是真实的,确实起源于某个地方,在历史上的某个时候,因为人们想做最好的茶,晚明紫砂茶壶虽然很大,但好到可以做最好的茶,却不是最好的茶壶……直到有一个叫惠孟臣的陶工出现,对茶壶制作进行了革命,反过来也间接地对饮茶进行了革命变成一种叫做功夫茶文化的艺术形式,是的,都是因为人们想尽可能地沏出最好的茶。我们现在已经为你们准备好了进入惠孟臣和革命小诸葛亮历史的真正旅程……让我们全力以赴吧!

现在我们来谈谈惠孟臣:最令人费解、最神秘的老陶艺大师?

与时大彬不同的是,他有7个考古发掘的时大彬壶(发现于中国大陆),人们知道一个真正的晚明时大彬紫砂壶是什么样子,在伦敦维多利亚和阿尔伯特博物馆(Victoria and Albert Museum,London)只有一个有记录的壶,这是一个晚明天启七年的惠孟臣紫砂壶。除了在充满猜谜的紫砂壶世界里,没有人真正知道,也没有人知道惠孟臣的事……直到现在,惠孟臣的一切都不对!

是的,直到现在,因为我们有考古证据和成吨的证据,这要归功于紫砂壶世界有史以来最伟大的抢救性发掘壮举,在此之前,甚至连一个考古发掘的惠孟臣朱泥壶都不存在。

女士们先生们,欢迎来到任富收藏的有考古记录的惠孟臣壶,其中约50%的任富收藏馆出土的紫砂壶是由惠孟臣壶复制品和一个很可能是真的惠孟臣壶组成。(我们有很多高档精美的惠孟臣朱泥壶,但我们认为它们是古老的副本)。

像我的老板这样的聪明人退休了,但他是一个非常数学和科学的人,有硕士学位,不喜欢猜测,他是怎么看待惠孟臣的谜团的?

你可以用两种方法来解决这个难题:按时间顺序或逆时间顺序。编年史是历史事件发展到现代的过程。逆年表在历史事件中是倒退的,就像在逆向工程中,中国从美国买了一架超级先进的飞机,把它撕成碎片,了解美国人是如何制造飞机的,然后中国人又是如何复制飞机的。(非常聪明的中国人)逆年表是解决复杂问题或问题的聪明方法通过对历史的回顾和分析,我们可以用它来解决一些关于惠孟臣的问题,例如我们知道周高启在他的《阳羡茶壶记》一书中没有提到惠孟臣,因为惠孟臣在维多利亚和阿尔伯特博物馆制作了类似的壶这是天启七年时大彬款灯形壶的复制品,没有给周高启留下深刻的印象,所以周高启在书中没有写惠孟臣的名字。

 

现在我们来看第二种倒序法:我们知道惠孟臣的晚明壶并没有打动周高启或饮茶界,因为他的晚明壶并没有打动任何人。现在我们来看看康熙、雍正、乾隆、嘉庆、道光时期的紫砂壶,大约50%的紫砂壶都是小孟臣朱泥壶的复制品,大部分的工夫茶具都有小孟臣朱泥壶,显示了一个令人敬畏的、不同的形象,即最著名的惠孟臣陶艺家,历史上最受欢迎和崇拜的老陶艺大师(直到今天,孟臣的名字还是最著名、最受欢迎和崇拜的)。

为什么?惠孟臣做了什么,赢得了如此令人敬畏的赞誉?他在明末所做的茶壶都是乏味而不起眼的模仿品,即使是著名的紫砂壶历史学家周高启在他的《阳羡茶壶史》一书中也没有提到这一点。

原来如此!一定是周高起公元1646年(顺治二年)去世后,惠孟臣所做的壶,因此谁也没有看到惠孟臣所做的革命壶,革命壶一定是小朱泥壶状的,其中之一就是任富收藏清代顺治时期的壶号:387。

此外,在任富收藏中发现的令人敬畏的考古资料、数据和发现中,还有更多的逆年代学证据,我们将在后面进行讨论,表明惠孟臣可能是有史以来最伟大的老陶艺大师。为了更好的理解和更详细的分析,我们将研究分为八个部分:

1) 按时间顺序排列的事件

2) 茶文化的发展

3) 吴先生对时大彬高灯笼紫砂壶的演变

4) 考古证据

5) 倒计时

6) 年表

7) 关于惠孟臣、景德镇和乾隆皇帝的一些事

8) 结论。

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