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    Sale 2611

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1898

    AN INSCRIBED HUANGHUALI BRUSHPOT

    Price Realised  

    AN INSCRIBED HUANGHUALI BRUSHPOT
    QING DYNASTY, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    The cylindrical brushpot is supported on three tab feet, finely carved on the exterior with a long inscription in lishu, clerical script, beginning with the title, Shiba Xueshi Dengyingzhou, 'Eighteen scholars ascending to the land of immortals', ending with Chen Ruan Yuan Jingshu, 'Respectfully written by your servant, Ruan Yuan', the base and interior with black lacquer
    6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) high


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    Ruan Yuan (1764-1849) was a well-known scholar official who passed his jinshi examination in 1789, and was subsequently appointed to the Hanlin Academy. He was famous for his literary work, Biographies of Astronomers and Mathematicians. The inscription is a historical reference to the gathering of eighteen erudite scholars who were specifically chosen in AD 621 by Emperor Gaozu, the founder of the Tang dynasty, to promote interests of culture and literature.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY