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Lot 61: An important and rare porcelain brush pot Daoguang marked and of the period
22 October 2016
Sarzana (SP), ItalyLive Auction
dating: Daoguang (1821-1850)
Cylindrical shape and featuring gilded border; finely painted in black and gold with a continuous scene depicting the Eighteen luohan, each of them with an animal or an identifying element; iron-red, painted, squared,seal, six-character mark of the Emperor Daoguang. A tiny chop on the border and a star-shaped headline at the base.A snuff bottle with an identical decoration and marked Daoguang, was sold at Sotheby's, SALE NUMBER HK0463, Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI; 27 May 2013, HONG KONG; lot. 235.
See another snuff bottle, famille rose, decorated with eighteen Iuohan and from the Daoguang period at Freeman's, SALE 1523 â€“ ASIAN ARTS; 12 September 2015; lot. 48.
The luohan are those original converts of the Buddha who reached the enlightenment and therefore they are close to Nirvana: for this reason the reincarnation is no longer necessary. In Chinese Art they are eighteen, whereas in Japan they are sixteen. This difference is presumably due to the paintings of the monk GuanXiu (891 d.C.), considered the first Chinese depictions of the luohan.
dimensions: height 11.5 cm.