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Title

Brush pot


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The yellow/brown glaze simulates carved bamboo. Such technical conceits, where one material was made to imitate another, were popular from the 1700s. The high-relief carved decoration depicts a gentleman with a long beard in official robe and cap, reclining against a flat-topped rock, upon which are a cup, a book and a vase. A young servant is seen squatting in front of him, ladling wine from a jar. Another servant stands to the back, holding a wine flask. The scene represents the enduring pleasure enjoyed by an official scholar communing with nature and indulging in literary creation.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.161.


Details


Other Title

Brush pot decorated with Li Bai


Place where the work was made

China


Date

late 18th century-mid 19th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with yellow/brown relief decoration


Dimensions

12.1 x 6.9 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Laurence G. Harrison 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

344.1977



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 22 (Illus.). cat.no. 26. See 'Further Information' for text.

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 3, 57 (illus.). cat.no. 68, plate 18

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 11.

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Chinese Painting', pg. 42-52, Sydney, 1990, 42 (colour illus.), 43.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Scholar's Studio', Sydney, 2003, 161 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Chinese pottery and porcelain, Sydney, 1951. cat.no.35