• 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 898

    AN UNUSUAL REVERSE-DECORATED LACQUERED IVORY BRUSH POT

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    AN UNUSUAL REVERSE-DECORATED LACQUERED IVORY BRUSH POT
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    Delicately reverse-decorated on a brown lacquer ground with a continuous scene of ladies and their attendants in a garden setting with a lotus pond and pavilion on one side, between decorative borders, wood base
    5½ in. (14 cm.) high


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    Another ivory brush pot decorated in the same technique with a landscape scene and dated to the first half of the 18th century is illustrated in Chinese Ivories from the Shang to the Qing, London, 1984, p. 154, no. 182, where another of hexagonal shape decorated with bamboo and dated 18th century is also illustrated, no. 183. See, also, the example of lobed hexagonal shape decorated with panels of flowers in the Qing Court collection, dated to mid-Qing dynasty, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - Small Refined Articles of the Study, Shanghai, 2009, no. 37, where the lacquer appears to be of brownish color.

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    Provenance

    Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, 1998.
    The Fayerman Collection, Booncroft, no. KP608.
    Michael C. Hughes, LLC, New York, 2007.


    Exhibited

    Oriental Works of Art, Gerard Hawthorn Ltd., London, 8 - 26 June 1998, no. 100.