A blue and white porcelain brush pot six character Qianlong mark and of the period Provenance:  Sotheby's Hong Kong ¦ay 20, 1987, Lot 467
Lot 317
An extremely rare blue and white brushpot Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 5,920,000 (US$ 763,439) inc. premium
Lot Details
Property from the Cheung collection, San Francisco
An extremely rare blue and white brushpot
Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Finely potted of cylindrical form with steep vertical sides, the exterior vividly painted in varying tones of underglaze-blue with a cockerel, hen and numerous chicks amidst ornamental rockwork, bamboo and plantain trees.
15.2cm (6in) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20th-21st May 1987, lot 467
    The Cheung collection, San Francisco

    It is extremely rare to find a blue and white porcelain brushpot bearing a Qianlong reign mark, and there does not appear to be another example published in any private or museum collection. However, the current example is closely related in form, size and subject matter to the famous doucai brushpot from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing and illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Wucai, Doucai, Hong Kong, 1999, no.246. It may be that the current piece is one of a rare group of high quality Qianlong blue and white porcelains that are, in effect, unenamelled doucai wares.

    清乾隆 青花筆筒
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