• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 817

    A CARVED IVORY BRUSH POT

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A CARVED IVORY BRUSH POT
    18TH CENTURY
    Well carved in low relief with pine, bamboo and prunus (The Three Friends of Winter) and inscribed with a poetic inscription referring to the decoration, followed by the signature, She Guo Guan, and two seals, Guan and yin
    5½ in. (14 cm.) high


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    She Guo Guan was active during the Qianlong period, and was famous for his carving of orchids and bamboo.

    The sensitive low-relief style of carving on this brush pot is similar to that found on one carved with magnolia and peony, dated late 16th/early 17th century included in the exhibition, Selected Ivory Carvings from the Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust, Phillips, London, 9 - 20 November 1999, no. 7.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    Bonham's, London, 7 December 1990, Lot 16.