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Brush pot
Other titles:
Brush pot decorated with Li Bai
Place of origin
Daoguang 1821 - 1850Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
late 18th century-mid 19th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with yellow/brown relief decoration

12.1 x 6.9 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Laurence G. Harrison 1977
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (6)

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 22 (Illus.). 26. See 'Further Information' for text.

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 3, 57 (illus.). 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.

Exhibition history (4)

Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, The Ceramic Society of Australia, Sydney, 12 Nov 1951–24 Nov 1951

Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977

Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980

Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995