• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 957

    A BLUE AND WHITE BRUSH POT

    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

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    A BLUE AND WHITE BRUSH POT
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
    Well painted on one side with a scholar seated in a boat holding a wine cup as three other scholars stand on a rocky promontory, and on the reverse with the title and text of the Hou Chi Bi Fu (Second Red Cliff Ode), with the four-character mark Wen zhang shan dou (scholarship as high as the mountains and the Great Bear) in a recessed medallion in the center of the base
    7 3/8 in. (18.9 cm.) diam.


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    The poem, Hou Chi Bi Fu, was composed by the Northern Song dynasty statesman, calligrapher and poet Su Shi, also known as Su Dongpo (1037-1101). The ode describes a boating trip by night with a friend on the Yangzi River in Hubei where Su Dongpo was living in internal political exile at the time.

    Exhibited

    Oriental Works of Art, Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, 7 - 18 June 2004, no. 1.