An Imitation Scholar's Rock
The porcelain is naturalistically rendered in the style of a two-peaked scholar’s rock, accented with a pitted surface and covered all over with a warm grey-coloured matte iron glaze enhanced by specks of black. Hints of russet stemming from the oxidised body imitate inclusions characteristic of a Ying or Lingbi scholar’s rock. The rock rests on a silver inlaid wooden base with a banded cloud decoration.
The porcelain rock is attributed from the supervision of Tang Ying 唐英 (1682-1756) was a Manchu bannerman, official and artist and was the most celebrated Superintendent of the Jingdezhen Imperial Kilns. He was known for producing a series of literati-style porcelain imitating other materials such as ink painting, wood, and scholar's rocks.
A similar example of a porcelain rock is published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Small Refined Articles of the Study 故宮博物院藏文物珍品大系：文玩, 2009, p. 124, Catalogue No. 94.
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