Carved pottery is a distinctive new genre which appeared from Jiaqing period onwards. These pieces have characteristically fine and fluid carving, and mostly covered in yellow or green glaze to imitate bamboo.
Li Yucheng is recorded as a Daoguang potter in Gerald Davidson, The Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics, London, 1994, p.155, no.1779
Compare a yellow brushpot carved with bamboo and rocks and a Jiaqing seal mark in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Liu Liangyu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, 5, p.254; and another carved with landscape and figures and a Daoguang mark, illustrated in Geng Baochang, Ming and Qing Porcelain on Inspection, Beijing, 1993, p.306, both with the finely worked details on the rim to imitate bamboo like the present lot
Compare also a brushpot with cranes and mark of Yu Zhongkun, sold in our New York Rooms, 20 September 2000, lot 373