Maker(s)
Artist: Seal of Chen Mingyuan (active late 17th-early 18th century)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign, late 17th-early 18th century
Medium
Stoneware with accompanying wooden stand
Style
Yixing ware
Dimensions
H x W: 6.3 x 14.3 cm (2 1/2 x 5 5/8 in)
Geography
China, Jiangsu province, Yixing
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1939.74a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic
Type

Brush rest

Keywords
China, Kangxi reign (1662 - 1722), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), stoneware, writing, WWII-era provenance, Yixing ware
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

When producing small, carefully crafted objects for the scholar's study, potters often have imitated natural forms in their work as a way to capture the scholar's character. The shape of this deep purple Yixing clay brush rest symbolizes the plum-blossom-like purity and resoluteness of its user. The potter skillfully used two differing colors of clay to represent the buds and the blossoms on the gnarled branch of the ancient plum tree.

Published References
  • Pang Yuanji. Hsu chai ming tao tu lu (Xuzhai ming tao tu lu) [Catalogue of Chinese Pottery in the Collection of Pang Yuan-chi]. 2 vols. Taipei. vol. 2: p. 37.
  • Helen Comstock. Some Examples of I-hsing Pottery. vol. 109, no.483 London, March 1942. p. 76.
  • Lai Suk Yee, Terese Tse Bartholomew. Themes and Variations: The Zisha Pottery of Chen Mingyuan. Exh. cat. Hong Kong, October 25, 1997 - January 4, 1998. p. 120.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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