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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 2336

    A SUPERB BAMBOO 'LANDSCAPE' BRUSHPOT

    Price Realised  

    A SUPERB BAMBOO 'LANDSCAPE' BRUSHPOT
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1772)

    The exterior carved in shallow and high relief to depict a continuous mountainous landscape scene, with immortals gathered in groups, the first group including Shoulao seated among the Daoist immortals, He Xiangu, Lan Caihe, and Li Tieguai, the latter is pointing into the distance at Zhang Guolao who is holding fish drums and seated on a donkey, riding along a winding path away from a group of three immortals in discussion seated under tall pine trees, above two further immortals standing on a narrow path above a running stream, the scene is variously detailed with ruyi-shaped clusters of mist, wispy clouds and jagged rocks, all supported three integral tab-form feet
    6 3 /8 in. (16.2 cm.) high


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    The composition of the scene is well executed utilising the rocks to seamlessly render a continuous landscape. It is interesting to note the depth of details displayed on the surface. The composition of the scene is well executed using the rocks to seamlessly render a continuous landscape. The carver has made use of a remarkable array of varying depths to depict the scene and achieve a sense of three-dimensionality. This is particularly noticeable in the areas of the rockwork where the carver is able to distinguish those from the near and far distance.

    Provenance

    Acquired in London in the 1970's