A SMALL BAMBOO WRIST REST
A SMALL BAMBOO WRIST REST

18TH-19TH CENTURY

Details
A SMALL BAMBOO WRIST REST
18TH-19TH CENTURY
The wrist rest is carved in low relief and undercut in a naturalistic manner with bamboo, prunus and a rock formation. Together with a bamboo cylindrical message holder, 18th-19th century, carved and reticulated with two scholars seated under a pine tree, one holding a brush while the other watches, and an attendant stands nearby, possibly fanning a brazier. A two-character seal mark, Zong Yu, is incised next to the scene.
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high
Provenance
Wrist rest: Midori Gallery Inc., Florida, 1988.

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Lot Essay

The master carver Gu Jue, whose studio name is Zong Yu, was a native of Jiangsu province and was active during the Kangxi period. Gu's renowned style is characterised by carvings in high relief and attention to details. Figures and mountain-landscape themes were among his favoured topics.

An example of a bamboo brush pot dated to the Kangxi period and carved with a Zong Yu seal, though the style is slightly different, is in the Seattle Art Museum and illustrated by Ip Yee and Lawrence C.S. Tam, Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part I, Hong Kong, 1978, p. 89, col. pl. 19. Compare, also, the brush pot dated to the early Qing period, signed Jiyou zhongxia Gu Zongyu zhi, 'Made by Gu Zongyu in the Summer of Jiyou year', in the Palace Museum Collection, illustrated in The Palace Museum Collection of Elite Carvings, Beijing, 2002, p. 55, no. 26.



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