A Chinese porcelain monochrome brush pot, bitong, incised with dragons dragons and branches of lingzhi on a dense foliage 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, 1662-1722.

  • Formerly in the J.P. Stamen Collection.
  • Sold by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of the Jie Rui Tang Collection, 21st March 2018, collection no. 1300, lot no 316.
  • A similar brush pot 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 no. 415.
  • 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.
  • A further similar brush pot is illustrated by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection (III), no. 1803, p. 352; another is illustrated by Regina Krahl in the Anthony de Rothschild Collection of Chinese Ceramics, pl. 143; a further similar 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. 58-59.




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