This is a 19th century famille jaune brush pot with butterfly and watermelon motive incised with a feathery wave like yellow background. The butterfly symbolizes joy and felicity or to the effect meaning longevity. As for the watermelon, it does not hold any symbolic meaning. The nearest fruit that it can be compared to, is the pomegranate, because it has many seeds symbolizing offspring and posterity. This combine with the butterfly becomes very meaningful. On the base of the brush pot, it bears the honorific reign mark of emperor Yongzheng in overgrazed blue but the circa is 19th century.
Provenance: Dovebid Auction.
The vase is in good condition. No hairline crack, no chip or crack, no repair and restoration. There are only some minor glaze fritting that does not affect the aesthetic of the brush pot at all, as they are very minute. Refer to photograph no.4.
The measurement of the blue and white vase: The height is 18.4cm and the width is 22.5cm.