• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 813

    AN UNUSUAL IVORY CLOUD-FORM BRUSH REST

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN UNUSUAL IVORY CLOUD-FORM BRUSH REST
    18TH CENTURY
    Carved on one side with trailing clouds, with plain concave reverse
    6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) long


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    This particularly charming brush rest is composed of auspicious clouds. Clouds symbolize good fortune because the word for cloud, yun, is a homophone for a word meaning luck. Clouds are also regarded as auspicious because they are the source of the rain needed to nourish the crops. They are additionally associated with high rank because they are to be found high in the sky. The shape of the clouds on this brush rest have been formed to resemble the lingzhi fungus, and therefore bring a wish for longevity. For another ivory scholar's stand made in the form of interlocked clouds see the example illustrated in Chinese Ivories from the Kwan Collection, Hong Kong, 1990, pp. 36-7, no. 196.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Exhibited

    Oriental Works of Art, Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, 9 - 20 June 2003, no. 58.