A blue and white brush pot 17th century
Lot 30
A fine blue and white brushpot, bitong Chongzhen
Sold for £85,250 (US$ 143,289) inc. premium
Auction Details
A blue and white brush pot 17th century
Lot Details
A fine blue and white brushpot, bitong
Chongzhen
The straight sides amusingly painted in vivid underglaze blue with a continuous scene of a chef preparing a meal as one servant stokes the fire and another brings more water, while the young master rests at a table dreaming of an image of himself seated in a buffalo-drawn chariot as a dignitary pays his respects accompanied by a boy with a triple lantern on a long pole, all set within a landscape of rocks and a river.
23cm (9in) high

Footnotes

  • 明崇禎 青花黃粱美夢圖筆筒

    The unusually vivid painting on the present lot illustrates the well-known Chinese fable of Lu Dongbin and the golden millet dream. The scene shows the Daoist Immortal Zhongli Quan preparing a dish of millet as the Tang Dynasty scholar Lu Dongbin sleeps in a tavern. As he sleeps he dreams of his entire future career, from passing the Imperial examinations at the top of the list, marriage, and service as Prime Minister, to his eventual downfall, disgrace and banishment. He awakes to find that the entire dream took place while the millet was still uncooked, and realises that life is only a dream. Spiritually enlightened, Lu Dongbin becomes one of the Daoist Immortals himself.
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