• 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 949

    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' BRUSH REST

    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' BRUSH REST
    WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)
    Hollow-molded as three peaks formed by dragons leaping above rocks and waves, the mark within a recessed panel on the unglazed base
    6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) long


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    Porcelain brush rests of this type were made in two designs, with either three or five peaks; the three-peaked variety was perhaps the most fortuitous as the shape is fundamentally that of the Chinese character shan ('mountain'). A very similar example is illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 734. See, also, the similar brush rest sold in these rooms, 3 June 1988, lot 258.

    Provenance

    C.T. Loo & Co., Paris, 1980s.