12.1 x 6.9cm
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.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 11.
'Chinese Painting', pg. 42-52., Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales 1990, 1990, 42 (colour illus.), 43.
J. Hepburn Myrtle (Australia, b.1911, d.1998) (Author), Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 22 (Illus.). cat.no. 26. See 'Further Information' for text.
J. Hepburn Myrtle (Australia, b.1911, d.1998) (Author), Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 3, 57 (illus.). cat.no. 68, plate 18
Editor Unknown (Editor), Chinese pottery and porcelain, Sydney, 1951. cat.no.35
'The Scholar's Studio', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 161 (colour illus.).
Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, The Ceramic Society of Australia, 12 Nov 1951–24 Nov 1951.
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977.
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980.
Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995.