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    Sale 11929

    The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1129

    A ROOTWOOD TRIPOD VESSEL

    18TH-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROOTWOOD TRIPOD VESSEL
    18TH-19TH CENTURY
    The vessel is carved from a piece of natural burl root that rests on three natural feet, and has two natural 'lug' handles.
    4 ½ in. (11.4 cm.) high


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    The present vessel is highly unusual in that the natural form of the burl closely resembles a tripod censer with handles. Such a work seemingly exemplifies the scholar's ideal of form, echoing nature and vice versa. A significantly more worked example of a 'natural-form' tripod vessel and cover in bamboo is illustrated in Bamboo & Wood Carvings of China and the East, Spink and Son Ltd., London, 1979, p. 55, no. 204.

    Provenance

    Ralph M. Chait, New York.