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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1863

    AN IMPERIAL INSCRIBED SONG-STYLE SHE INKSTONE

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    AN IMPERIAL INSCRIBED SONG-STYLE SHE INKSTONE
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Of circular disc form with a plain smooth grinding surface within a shallow raised single line border, the reverse carved in the recessed medallion with a rabbit looking back at the full moon, surrounded by a stepped border encircled by an imperial inscription, followed by a seal mark, the vertical side inscribed with title Fang Song Yu Tu Chao Yuan Yan,'In imitation of a Song (dynasty) inkstone of the rabbit gazing at the moon'
    4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.), diam., lacquer box inlaid with a mother-of-pearl inscription reading yutu chaoyuan yan


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    Inkstones, together with ink, paper and the brush form the 'Four Treasures' of the scholar's desk. The inscription is an analogy of the moon scattering its luminescence so as to enable to provide a clarity that is similar to the inkstone being carved to provide a free movement for the brush. The inscription of the sealmark may read: Huixin Buyuan, 'Appreciation is not far'.

    Cf. an identical inkstone inscribed with the same text, illustrated in Knowledge and Appreciation of Ancient Inksticks, Koboku no Chisiki to Kansho, p. 112, no. 94. For a she inkstone with a similar title in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, see Ancient Inkstones Illustrated in the Imperial Catalogue, no. 92.

    Provenance

    A Japanese private collection


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