A Hand Painted Shohin Bonsai Pot with Landscape Scenery

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!  

This is a Chinese underglaze red shohin pot made in Jingdezhen, the most famous pottery center in China well known for their high fired ceramics. In the mid-2000, a vice-president of the Taiwan Bonsai Society commissioned Jingdezhen artists to make underglaze red, blue-and-white, and famille rose bonsai pots and sold them in Taiwan.  Since production had discontinued, they became collectibles.

This pot measures 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1 3/4″, and has a continuous painted scenery all four sides. If one could unwrap the scenery, it would look like a horizontal Chinese scroll painting, complete with calligraphy at the negative space of the scene, signed and dated by the artist, Xiao Ping (小萍).

This is a beautiful pot made with kaolin clay. Below are photos of the continuous scene going counter-clockwise. The mark at the bottom reads Xing Rong Yi (Xing Rong Art), December 2006 (興榮藝 丙戊年十二月).

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