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This is an 18th or 19th century Chinese brown glazed and carved porcelain brush holder (Bitong) signed by “Wang Bing Rong” who is considered one of the best porcelain carvers of that period. His dates are somewhat confusing. Some records say he was born in 1736 and died in 1795. Other records have him living from 1862 to 1908. Perhaps the most appropriate approach was taken by Christie’s. In their auction catalog of Fine Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1995, they state, Mr. Wang’s dates are not known but he probably worked sometime during the Dao Guang period (1821~1850) into the second half of the 19th century. This elegant brush holder is 5 ½” tall and 4 ½” in diameter. It depicts a fisherman sitting in a boat which is under some pine trees; buildings, mountains and a small bridge are on the other side of the river. It is a very typical Chinese scene. Due to firing, there are two small crack lines on the side of the bridge. Also, there is one small chip on the rim and one small dark spot outside the brush holder. Aside from these small imperfections, it is in great condition. More detailed photos are available.