A Chinese famille verte, sancai biscuit model of a reclining figure of Li Bai leaning on his wine jar, his yellow dappled robes covering his hands under his sleeves and chin with his crossed over legs revealing his green dappled pantaloons, the wine jar also covered in a green glaze with dark glaze to his beard, hair, eyes, eyebrows and shoes, the unglazed flat base revealing the biscuit body.

6 ½ inches, 16.5 cm long.

Kangxi, circa 1680.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Marvin Davidson.
  • A related model of Li Bai sleeping on his wine jar from the collection of G.H Kingsley and W.A Evill was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Famille Verte from Private Collections, 2021, no. 1, pp. 4/5; another 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; two further examples are illustrated by Gallerie Georges Petit in their auction of Ceramique de la Chine, The Collection de M. F. Allard, 1st April 1925, nos. 391 and 392, pl. XII.
  • This unusually fine model has a particularly shining unctuous glaze.


Excellent condition.