Chinese Molded Brush Pot

19th/20th century Guangxu period Qing dynasty


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This Chinese molded brush pot for sale dates to the 19th/20th century Guangxu period circa the late Qing dynasty. Composed of soft-paste porcelain, the opposite of hard-paste porcelain wares, this brush pot, or “bitong,” is decorated in a waisted cylindrical form flaring at the mouth and is decorated with a molded relief stylized lotus flowers and center band. The underside of the vessel is stamped with a low relief and partially faded seal stamp center. Similar in tone to Dehua porcelain or Blanc de Chine, a white glazed Chinese porcelain made in Dehua within Fujian province was produced since the Ming dynasty. This vase with a more neutral tone and a lightly textured crackle glaze.

Variations of this porcelain type have existed, with some blending the white glaze with a crackled texture as in this example, which was commonly done during the late Qing dynasty and created for export to Japan and Europe. Considered as scholars’ objects for holding brushes, brush pots served as a desk accessory for painters and calligraphers. However, they retain a highly decorative element for interior decor as tabletop vases, jars, and pots, and are also highly collected by Connoisseurs of antique Chinese porcelain and Chinese antiques.


The brush pot measures 5.25 inches in height and measures 5 inches in diameter.


The brush pot in overall fine condition with minor chips on the underside base and residue to the interior surface. The brush pot possibly with repair to the rim edge, otherwise fine. The underside with a hand-painted import marking “China” in red paint.
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