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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 2312

    A FINELY CARVED BAMBOO WRISTREST

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    A FINELY CARVED BAMBOO WRISTREST
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    The gently arched surface is naturalistically carved in deep relief to create a three-dimensional effect, with a crab on a large lotus leaf, below another large leaf, superbly detailed with veins and insect-eaten holes, a lotus flower in bloom revealing the pod within and another flower at the budding stage, all amidst tall water reeds, with a two- character Xi huang mark followed by the seal, Zhang
    9 7/8 in. (25.2 cm.) long


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    Compare the present piece with a brushrest of similar design inscribed with the seal Song Shan in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, vol. 44, Bamboo, Wood and Ivory Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, p. 42, no. 40; and another from the Dr. Ip Yee Collection, illustrated by Dr. Ip Yee and Laurence C. S. Tam, Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part 1, Hong Kong, 1978, pp. 338-339, no. 102. The authors note that this is a common design executed with varying standards of carving as they appear to have been made during different periods and by different carvers. The current example certainly ranks among the better examples of carving of this design.

    Another brushrest of similar design was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 17 May 1989, lot 365.

    Provenance

    Hugh Moss, 1970's