A hexagonal container of white porcelain. Each of six rectangular panels has delicate rendering of figures or plants with blue underglaze. On one panel there is a male figure dancing and playing a drum. On another panel, dancing male figure appears as well. Next to the drumming figure, a pine tree is drawn.
This hexagonal pot is used for holding brushes, important instruments for literati activities. Brush holders are often depicted in scholar's studios in East Asian literati painting. The design of dancers and musicians, combined with a pine tree, should convey festive and auspicious mood.
All on back of panel: In pencil, u.l.: 4 u.r.: 3 Top center, typed label: UBALDO GANDOLFI / "St. Andrew" Bottom center, Agnew sticker: Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. / Nß 29616 / LONDON, / 43, Old Bond Street, Piccadilly, W.
Signed: Buson (center), Yahan (left); Inscriptions: At the right side of the broom: Ippatsu ichiboku One stroke, one line Soha zokujin Sweeps away worldly dust. Between the broom and poet: Yukuharu no Departing Spring's Shiripeta harau Buttocks are brushed Rakka kana Of fallen flowers. At the left side of the poet: Hatsu shigure First shower of Autumn Mayu ni eboshi no On my eyebrow Shizuku kana My hat's raindrop. The concluding poem: Sato sugite Passing the village Furue ni yanagi o Along a old stream, a willow Mitsuke tari Is found.
Inscribed lower center of old mount in brown ink in an old hand: Benedetto Castiglione Gen: from vol. 101, no 37; on second mount in brown ink: No. 1/From large red book. Earl of Pembroke collection. Ex-collections: Earl of Pembroke Collection, Wiltshire