Late 1600s / early 1700s
Large mountain-form brushrest molded with a fanciful design of a mythical horse prancing over stylized waves. Known as haima in Chinese, this decoration was popular on ceramics in the late transitional period through the early Kangxi period and often seen painted in wucai or enamels on biscuit. The molded haima design appears to be somewhat unusual and the high relief of this design combined with the cobalt glaze make for a striking effect similar to that of carved celadon wares. The cobalt is of an even tone and covers all except the base where the fine, high quality porcelain paste is revealed. Being molded in two parts, this piece is hollow and a small hole is present in the middle of the base that permitted gases to escape in the firing. Very good condition, some wear to the base.
Height: 2 7/8 in.; Width: 3 7/8 in.; Depth: 1 ¾ in.