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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 2351

    A RARE FINELY CARVED BAMBOO VENEER BOX, COVER AND TRAY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE FINELY CARVED BAMBOO VENEER BOX, COVER AND TRAY
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    Finely veneered and carved in low relief to the top of the cover with one large and two smaller finger citrus among leafy branches emerging from pierced rockwork below, the box following the rounded contours of the larger fruit's tendrils, the sides carved in medium relief with bands of star-diaper, the fitted tray similarly carved in low relief with two further fruits borne on leafy branches
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) wide


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    Compare with a very similar bamboo veneer box in the form of a finger citron included in the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong exhibition Ming and Qing Bamboo, 2000, illustrated by S. Kwan, Catalogue, pl. 85 where the author notes that the box is likely to have been a work of the Imperial workshops during the Yongzheng or early Qianlong period and that bamboo veneer, tie huang pieces were not available outside the court until the early 20th century.

    A pomegranate-shaped box in the Palace Museum collection, Beijing, attributed to the Jianing workshops, was included in the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition, China: The Three Emperors, London, 2006 and was illustrated in the catalogue, no. 288.

    The tie huang technique involved removing the yellow inner skin of the bamboo skin which was soaked and then formed into layers that were adhered to a bamboo or wooden core.

    Provenance

    Richard Vanderkar, early 1980's