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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 2334

    A FINELY CARVED IMPERIAL BAMBOO BRUSHREST

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FINELY CARVED IMPERIAL BAMBOO BRUSHREST
    QING DYNASTY, 17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Superbly carved from the bamboo root as elegantly twisting pine branches issuing delicately detailed needle clusters, the branches finely detailed using the natural markings and knots in the bamboo to depict the bark and boles of the pine, all supported on a fine openwork zitan stand carved as two confronting phoenix
    The brushrest, 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) wide, stand


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    The outstanding workmanship of both the brushrest and the stand almost certainly indicate that these were products of the Imperial workshops in Beijing. Compare with a similarly decorated waterpot dated to the early Qing dynasty in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, illustrated in The Palace Museum Collection of Elite Carvings, Beijing, 2002, no.16.

    Provenance

    Messrs. Spink & Son, 1979


    Literature

    Bamboo and Wood Carvings of China and the East, Spink & Son, 1979 catalogue, no. 304


    Exhibited

    Bamboo and Wood Carvings of China and the East, Spink & Son, 1979, Catalogue, no. 304