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    Sale 11929

    The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1190

    A CARVED BAMBOO BRUSH POT

    18TH CENTURY

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    A CARVED BAMBOO BRUSH POT
    18TH CENTURY
    The brush pot is carved in high relief on one side with a sage seated on a fur mat beside a basket filled with lingzhi, a double gourd and other plants, as he looks up at a goose in flight. A four-line inscription referring to the scene is carved in cursive script on the other side, followed by a signature, Weishao. Together with a bamboo wrist rest, 19th century, carved with a bamboo branch and leaves, a poetic inscription commenting on various leisurely pursuits, followed by a signature, Yike, and two seals, one reading Yike, and the other illegible.
    5 ¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Brush pot:
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., 1984.
    Nicholas Grindley, London, 1998.
    Private collection, New York.


    Literature

    Brush pot:
    S. Moss, Emperor, Scholar, Artisan, Monk: The Creative Personality in Chinese Works of Art, London, 1984, pp.158-59, no. 42.
    N. Grindley, Chinese Scholar's Objects from a private New York collection and others, London, 1998, no. 10.


    Exhibited

    Brush pot:
    Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1989-1998. TL. 1989.147.6.