• 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 803

    A SONGHUA STONE RECTANGULAR INKSTONE

    QIANLONG YUTI INSCRIBED MARK

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    A SONGHUA STONE RECTANGULAR INKSTONE
    QIANLONG YUTI INSCRIBED MARK
    The finely striated soft green stone carved in low relief with a ribbon-tied chime at the edge of the well, and with lingzhi scroll on the rim, the reverse finely carved with a Qianlong Imperial poem followed by two seals, Qian Long
    6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) long, wood box and cover


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    The inscription is a poem by the Qianlong emperor praising the virtues of the inkstone.

    During the Kangxi period Songhua stone became one of the preferred stones used in the making of inkstones due to its excellent qualities in the grinding of ink, qualities similar to inkstones made from duan and she stone.
    The lingzhi scroll border on the present inkstone is similar to that found on another Songhua stone rectangular inkstone illustrated in A Special Exhibition of Sunghua Inkstone, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1993, no. 60, p. 170, which is also inscribed with a Qianlong inscription. Rather than a ribbon-tied chime the National Palace Museum example has a ribbon-tied lotus spray in the well.