This skilfully painted brush pot attests to the ability of the ceramic decorators in the Qing dynasty to imitate a range of different materials using enamel colours on porcelain. The Qianlong Emperor had great admiration for novel and exotic products, and thus a large number of porcelains were made to imitate other materials during his reign.
A slightly smaller brush pot (9 cm. high) with a four-character mark was sold at Christie's New York, 16-17 September 2010, lot 1451. Other Qianlong-marked simulated puddingstone wares include a tripod censer in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Kangxi Yongzheng Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 423, no. 105; and a double-lozenge brush pot illustrated in The Prime Cultural Relics Collected by Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum, Chinaware, Part II, Shenyang, 2008, p. 199, no. 9. A box and cover from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection was sold at Christie's New York, 25 March 2010, lot 877.