Chinese porcelain brush pot, bitong, incised with three chi-dragons amongst branches of lingzhi on a dense foliate ground, between double lines at the foot and triangular diagonal pattern at the rim, covered on the exterior in an even pale celadon glaze, the rim and interior glazed white, the partially unglazed base with an indented glazed centre with underglaze blue mark of Xuande.

7 1/4 inches, 18.5 cm diameter, 5 7/8 inches, 14.8 cm high.

Kangxi period, 1662-1722.


Overall excellent condition.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Berwald Oriental Art, London, 2004.
  • Formerly in the collection of Jeffrey P. Stamen, The Jie Rui Tang Collection, no. 1300.
  • Sold by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of Kangxi: The Jie Rui Tang Collection, 20th March 2018, lot 316, pp. 40/1.
  • A brush pot of this design, exhibited at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam in their exhibition of Oosterse Schatten: 4000 Jaar Aziatische Kunst, 1954, no. 311, was sold by Christie’s New York in their auction of The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part III – Chinese Works of Art: Qing Ceramics, Glass and Jade Carvings, 19th March 2015, lot 415; another is illustrated by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Four (II), no. 1803, p. 352; a brush pot of this type incised with panels of fish and dragons is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, no. 221, p. 335; another is illustrated by Regina Krahl in The Anthony de Rothschild Collection of Chinese Ceramics, pl. 143; a further brush pot carved with scrolling branches of peony was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Tang to Qing, 2014, no. 29, pp. 58/9.