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    Sale 11929

    The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1103

    A SPOTTED BAMBOO BRUSH

    DATED BY INSCRIPTION TO RENZI YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1852 OR 1912

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    A SPOTTED BAMBOO BRUSH
    DATED BY INSCRIPTION TO RENZI YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1852 OR 1912
    The shaft of the brush is made of spotted bamboo and is incised with three inscriptions filled in with green, red and purple ink indicating the name, date, maker, and type of the brush respectively, and terminates in an ivory-colored wood end; the flanged collar is made of ebony. Together with a spotted bamboo brush wrapper, 18th century.
    9 in. (22.8 cm.) long (without hair brush), goat hair brush bristle


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    The inscriptions on the shaft read: wan ruo you long ('A wrist as agile as a writhing dragon'), renzi nian He Lianqing jing zhi ('finely made by He Lianqing in year of renzi', corresponding to 1852 or 1912), and ba kai fen zong chang feng yang hao ('thinly bonded long goat hair brush').
    He Lianqing , a brush shop that supplied its fine products to the Qing imperial court from Daoguang through Xuantong period(1821-1911), continued to manufacture brushes during the Republic period.

    Literature

    Brush: Nicholas Grindley, 'November 1998', no.16.