In the form of the famous "drunken poet" Libo,
Of realistic form, the figure is posed reclining with head head looking up towards the viewer; his arms embracing a large wine vat. He is dressed in a yellow ground coat with crane medallions (symbolic of long life) and trousers that are decorated with butterflies, sacred fruit, and flowers set upon a seeded green ground. The wine vat is decorated with prunus flowers set upon a light green ground.
This form was intended for the scholar's desk, the vat holding water for painting and writing. Libo was a famous Tang dynasty poet who was said to write his best works under the influence of wine.
Height: 4 inches
Length: 7 inches
Ex: Private American Collection
Ex: Ralph M. Chait Galleries (ca: early-mid 1980's)
Identical figures of this type but with varying colored decoration may be found in several important collections including the Taft Museum and the Conde Collection. Another is illustrated by O. du Sartel in La Porcelaine de Chine (Paris, 1885).