A FINE AND RARE WUCAI BRUSH HANDLE
MING DYNASTY, WANLI PERIOD
the bulblous body with a long cylindrical handle surmounted with a pointed knop, the sides painted with two dragons, one blue and one red, both in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' amidst scattered scrolling clouds above crashing waves and tall rocks on the rim, all below a band of underglaze-blue ruyi-heads and a row of scrolling clouds, the top painted with four floral sprays surrounding the knop further decorated with a single floret
18.5 cm., 7 1/4 in.
Collection of Dr. Carl Kempe (1884-1967).
Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1993.
Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, The British Museum, London, 1994.
Evolution to Perfection. Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection/Evolution vers la perfection. Céramiques de Chine de la Collection Meiyintang, Sporting d'Hiver, Monte Carlo, 1996, cat. no. 135.
Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, no. 852.
Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 2, no. 708.