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Chinese Qing Geyao Type Porcelain Bitong Brush Pot

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Directory: Hidden: Pre 1900: Item # 1186313
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Chinese Qing dynasty geyao style finely crackled oatmeal glazed brush pot (bitong) with an applied relief brown slip decoration of a flowering prunus branch on one side and bamboo emerging from rockery on the reverse. The applied brown relief decoration began as a decorative element in the Qianlong, but became popular in the 19th century. The base has a “bi” (jade disk) shaped foot rim with a glazed central disc. The interior of the bitong is glazed and swirls in the interior bottom. This heavy, solidly potted brush pot has a small, fine old hairline at the flat rim which could be from the original production. Its heavy body and thick wall are both indicators of a slightly earlier 19th century dating and better quality. 5 3/8” high x 5 1/8” diameter. Very good overall condition. This brush pot is from the private collection of a former American diplomat to Guangzhou and Beijing from 1983-1987.