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Brush pot

late 18th century-mid 19th century


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Brush pot decorated with Li Bai
    Place where the work was made
    Daoguang 1821 - 1850 Qing 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
    South Building, lower level 1, Asian Lantern galleries
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

  • Provenance

    Laurence G. Harrison, 1951-Aug 1977, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Aug 1977.