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.
Brush pot decorated with Li Bai
Place where the work was made
late 18th century-mid 19th century
porcelain with yellow/brown relief decoration
12.1 x 6.9 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Laurence G. Harrison 1977
Where the work was made
Referenced in 6 publications
Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 11.
Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Chinese Painting', pg. 42-52, Sydney, 1990, 42 (colour illus.), 43.
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 22 (Illus.). cat.no. 26. See 'Further Information' for text.
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 3, 57 (illus.). cat.no. 68, plate 18
Chinese pottery and porcelain, Sydney, 1951. cat.no.35
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Scholar's Studio', Sydney, 2003, 161 (colour illus.).