London, South Kensington
11 June 1998
A CHINESE IVORY CYLINDRICAL BRUSHPOT
CARVED WITH A CONTINUOUS BAND OF SCHOLARS WRITING AND READING AT A TABLE SURROUNDED BY ATTENDANTS CARRYING TEA AND A BOX, THE REVERSE WITH FURTHER FIGURES HOLDING A FAN AND AT CONVERSATION, ALL AMONG PINE, BAMBOO AND ROCKWORK BELOW BATS IN FLIGHT WITHIN GEOMETRIC BORDERS -- 4¾.IN (12.1CM) HIGH, CIRCA 1800.
SEE COLOUR PLATE 61.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately