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Antique Porcelain Miniature Brush Pot
Item No. 16451D

19th Century, N/A, China
4" x 0" x 0"
( 10.16 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

These small cylindrical vase-like objects were used by scholars and artists as brush pots. They are hand thrown and painted with landscape scenes using cobalt blue paint over which a glaze was applied and then the pot fired in a kiln -- hence the term under glazed blue. These pots come in a number of different sizes, ranging from tiny to large with size selected by the artist based on the amount and type of work to be done. The opening at the top is never very wide, as the mouth only has to be large enough to accommodate a single brush. The neck is almost always short and the rims are always everted so that the painter can wipe the excess paint on the rim without spillage.

These entire interior and exterior surfaces, including the bottom of these pieces are glazed with the exception of the outer bottom rim.

This pot decorated, with considerable cobalt blue, depicts a very stylized landscape with a tree and foliage in the center, rising hills on both sides and three dark blue areas in the foreground which appear to be shadows. The landscape is framed by two closely spaced parallel lines at the bottom and two wider parallel lines at the shoulder with brush dots between them. The rear is blank except for two stylized birds.

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