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FAMILLE VERTE SANCAI-GLAZED FIGURAL BRUSHREST
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CATALOGUE NUMBER 1616

FAMILLE VERTE SANCAI-GLAZED
FIGURAL BRUSHREST

KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722)

DIMENSIONS

Length: 6 inches

 

PROVENANCE

Mallié & Co., Paris (according to label)

 

CATALOGUE NOTES

A pictorially conceived display, this functional brushrest doubles as decorative tableau evoking the contemplative life of the scholar amidst nature. The ‘rock’ is echoed by a smaller version of the same within the basin planting or penzai.Calligraphy is referenced three times by the two brushes and the object's purpose as a brushrest, and the modeled ‘scholar’ represents an ideal, seated upright and alert. The surface is decoratively ‘splashed’ in Tang-style three-colored glazes adding an archaistic element.

Two others of the same model but with varying colors of sancai are known. One example, mounted on gilt ormolu was sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam, 2nd May 2005, lot 128 and the other is in the British Museum, London formerly

in the collection of Henry Willets and gifted in 1896.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Text and images on this page appear courtesy of 
Sotheby's New York and are excerpted from:
Sotheby's New York. Embracing Classic Chinese Culture: 
Kangxi Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection.
March 14, 2014, p. 24. [exhibition catalog].