AN EXTREMELY RARE FAMILLE ROSE 'HEAVEN AND EARTH' REVOLVING BRUSHPOT
QIANLONG SEAL MARK AND PERIOD
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constructed from three parts, with the cylindrical core forming the pot fixed into the lower section, with a revolving upper section, the edges where the upper and lower sections meet decorated with wan-fret bands incorporating the eight trigrams, evenly spaced to allow the trigrams in the upper and lower sections to align and create hexagrams, the upper revolving section painted on opposite sides with a pair of phoenix amidst multi-colored clouds, the lower section painted with a horse carrying sacred scriptures, galloping above turbulent seas from which emerge jagged rocks, two rocks sprouting sprigs of lingzhi and two others with resting tortoises, the parting waves revealing a branch of coral, a 'flaming pearl' and a rhinoceros horn, all against a pale blue enamel feathered-scroll ground executed in imitation sgraffito technique, the sides of the protruding foot and mouth rims decorated with a similar feathered-scroll in gilt against an iron-red ground, the top of the mouth rim finely enameled with a key-fret band, the interior enameled turquoise, the turquoise enameled countersunk base centered with a reserved seal mark in underglaze blue
Height 4 3/4 in., 12.1 cm
Collection of Mr. George Taber.