Shohin Pot with Landscape Painting
A HAND PAINTED SHOHIN BONSAI POT WITH LANDSCAPE SCENERY
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 has discontinued, they became collectibles.
This pot measures 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1 3/4", and has a continuous painted scenery on 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).
Text and photographs: Hoe Chuah