Joss-stick holder in the form of an assignation group of a lady and her servant holding a lantern on a fenced terrace above a scholar attended by the horned Kuixing holding a book, the joss-holder in the form of a fixed post with prunus, all on a rectangular base, covered in a white glaze.
14.7cm high, 5 3/4 inches.
Kangxi, circa 1690.
- From the collection of Captain J. Meuldijk, The Netherlands.
- Another is included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 1985, no. 15, p. 13.
- Kuixing is a familiar of Wenchang, the god of Literature. His presence may symbolise a literary scene. It is likely that the lady is dreaming of her lover, who is not actually in her presence. The depiction of dreams on painted porcelain of the period is not unknown and is efected with balloons of the type used in modern-day comics. An example of this is illustrated by Duncan Macintosh in Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, 1977, pl. 52. The bottom centre panel of a rouleau vase shows a gentleman imagining himself with his lover.
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