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    Sale 2625

    A Fine Collection of Chinese Bamboo Carvings from the Personal Collection of Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2342

    A BAMBOO CARVING OF SHOULAO

    Price Realised  

    A BAMBOO CARVING OF SHOULAO
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    The immortal finely carved reclining against a pierced rocky outcrop, supporting himself on his right arm, playfully holding a large ripe peach in his outstretched hand, his left hand resting on his raised knee, the figure with a characteristic large forehead and smiling expression beneath a long beard, his loose robes falling in fan-shaped folds at his feet
    3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm.) wide


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    The shape of this carving would indicate that it probably had a practical use as a brushrest. Compare a taller brushrest carved as Shoulao and three other deities included in the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong exhibition Ming and Qing Bamboo, 2000, Catalogue, pl. 68, where the material and style of carving is closely comparable to the present lot.

    Provenance

    Acquired in London in the 1960's