Deng Wei, who also used the hao Yunqiao, was a native of Jiading in Jiangsu province and was active during the 18th century. He is known as one of the most revered bamboo carvers of the Qianlong period. Compare the larger brushpot of the same subject and date, also carved by Deng Wei, sold Christie's, Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1492.
For a brushpot carved by Deng Wei with the design of a baicai, see Ip Yee and Laurence C. S. Tam, Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part I, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, pp. 92 and 270. For further information on the artist, see Ip Yee and Laurence C. S. Tam, Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part II, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1982, p. 116, where it is mentioned that rubbings of Deng Wei's works are included in the Qing Yi ge shou cang gu qi wu wen ji (An album of antiquities collected in the Qing Yi Pavilion).
Two labels accompanying the current lot were written by Ng Kai-yuen, a veteran dealer and renowned connoisseur of Chinese art, and can be translated as 'Qing bamboo brushpot carved with Red Cliff scene by Deng Yunqiao', followed by one personal seal.