2 November 1999
A FINE AND RARE UNDERGLAZE-BLUE AND COPPER-RED DECORATED INSCRIBED BRUSHPOT
KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD
The vessel is in cylindrical form decorated around the outside with text of the 'Eulogy on the Wise Emperor Finding Virtuous Officials', in kaishu, standard script, ending with a four-character seal in copper-red reading Xi Chao Chuan Gu, The Court of Kangxi Transmitting Antiquity, the recessed base bearing the nianhao (tiny glaze flake)
6 1/4 in. (15.8 cm.) high
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Previously sold in Hong Kong, 27 October 1993, lot 203.
A similar brushpot with an identical inscription in the Nanjing Museum, is illustrated in Imperial Kiln Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 1997, no. 2.
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