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    Sale 11929

    The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1155

    A BRONZE INK REST

    16TH-17TH CENTURY

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    A BRONZE INK REST
    16TH-17TH CENTURY
    The surface of the ink rest is cast with a three-character inscription, Wuyujue, enclosed within a plectrum-shaped medallion surrounded by two chilong, all raised on four columnar legs. A partially illegible four-character mark ?? zao zhi (made by ??) is cast on the back.
    3 ½ in. (8.8 cm.) long


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    Wuyujue, which literally means 'black jade ring-shaped pendant', was used to refer to a fine quality ink cake in classic Chinese literature.

    The design of the present ink rest is likely inspired by the Wuyujue ink cake designed and published by Cheng Junfang, a scholar-turned-artist focusing on ink cake manufacturing, who was active during the Jiajing and Wanli periods (1522-1620). On the original ink cake design, the inscription on the front and back read miaopin (fine grade) and qiwan (curios).

    Provenance

    Grace Wu Bruce, Hong Kong.


    Literature

    G.W. Bruce, Elegant Offerings from the Scholars Studio: the Jiansong Ge Collection, Hong Kong, 2002, no. 12, p. 39-41.


    Exhibited

    Hong Kong and London, Grace Wu Bruce, Elegant Offerings from the Scholars Studio: the Jiansong Ge Collection, 19 - 30 October 2002 and 7 - 15 November 2002, no.12.