Lot 21. A blue and white brushpot, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722), 17 cm, 6 11/16 in. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot Sold 106,250 GBP. © Sotheby's.
of cylindrical form with the deep straight sides rising from a slightly sunken base, the exterior finely painted with a kneeling scholar holding a zouzhe with both hands before a shrine adorned with two sinuous dragons on individual pillars, amongst an audience of civil and military officials along with gift-bearing attendants, all set within a nobleman's court surrounded by bamboo and craggy rockwork, the back painted with a column of auspicious clouds, the base centered with a butterfly in underglaze blue.
Note: The present brushpot is notable for its meticulously painted scene, which has been rendered with a combination of subtle underglaze blue washes and numerous short brushstrokes. This distinctive style of painting, most evident in the depiction of rocks and clouds, is found on a group of brushpots all of which also feature similar borders and an unglazed mouth rim. Three bushpots of this type, painted with different figurative scenes, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, are illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Ceramics, vol. 21, Shunzhi (1644-1661) and Kangxi (1662-1722) Periods of Qing Dynasty (I), Beijing, 2013, pls 179-181; one was sold in these rooms, 20th April 1971, lot 34; and two were sold at Christie’s New York, the first from the collection of T. Gordon Little, 30th March 2005, lot 359, and the second from the Robert H. Blumenfield collection, 22nd March 2012, lot 1279.
A rare blue and white brushpot, bitong, early Kangxi period, circa 1670, from the collection of T. Gordon Little, 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) diam. Sold for 78,000 USD at Christie’s New York, 30th March 2005, lot 359 © Christie's Images Ltd 2005
An unusual large blue and white brushpot, Kangxi period (1662-1722), from the Robert H. Blumenfield collection, 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) high. Sold for 108,100 USD at Christie’s New York, 22nd March 2012, lot 1279 © Christie's Images Ltd 2012
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 08 nov. 2017, 11:00 AM