Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai biscuit waterpot modelled as the drunken poet, Li Bai, sleeping and leaning on his wine jar, wearing an elaborate green robe decorated with ruyi-clouds, tied at the waist with a jade-panelled belt, the yellow ground wine jar with lotus flowerheads on a continuous scrolling leafy branch, with detailed facial features and hairwork to his beard.
6 1/8 inches, 15.5 cm long.
Foot end restuck, tips to plaits retouched, three tiny chips to edge of robe.
Provenance & Additional Information
• From the collection of G. H. Kingsley.
• Sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Chinese Porcelain, Jades, Hardstones and Works of Art, 28th June 1960, lot 104.
• From the collection of W. A. Evill, Esq.
• Sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Fine Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art, The Property of the late W. A. Evill, Esq.,30th November 1965, lot 78, p. 30, illustrated opposite, purchased by Marchant.
• Sold by Marchant, 14th May 1966.
• From the collection of the late Peter Fawcett, thence by direct descent.
• A similar waterpot from the Bramblewood Collection is illustrated by Jeffrey P. Stamen, Cynthia Volk and Yibin Ni in A Culture Revealed: Kangxi-Era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, no. 34, pp. 102/3.
• Li Bai, also known as Li Po, was a famous Tang dynasty poet, often depicted reclining or sleeping beside his wine jar; two further examples are illustrated by Gallerie Georges Petit in their auction of Céramique de la Chine, The Collection de M. F. Allard, 1st April 1925, nos. 391 and 392, pl. XII.