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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3390

    AN INSCRIBED SWALLOW STONE INKSTONE

    SIGNED MANSHENG, DATED BY INSCRIPTION TO CYCLICAL BINGZI YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1816

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    AN INSCRIBED SWALLOW STONE INKSTONE
    SIGNED MANSHENG, DATED BY INSCRIPTION TO CYCLICAL BINGZI YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1816
    The rectangular inkstone is made of trilobite fossil known as yanzishi, 'swallow stone'. The top narrow side is incised with a dedicative inscription followed by a cyclical date bingzi, corresponding to 1816, and a signature, Mansheng zhi, 'made by Mansheng'. One long vertical side has a lengthy inscription referring to the present inkstone and ends with a signature, Shao Yong, the other side with two signed inscriptions, Beiping Weng Fanggang guan, 'Seen by Weng Fanggang of Beiping', and Jiaxing Zhang Shuwei cang, 'treasured by Zhang Shuwei of Jiaxing'.
    6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) long, wood stand and cover, Japanese wood box


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