17 - 18 September 2015
A RECTANGULAR DUAN INK STONE
18TH CENTURY, WITH A DATED INSCRIPTION CORRESPONDING TO 1798
The ink stone is finely carved on top with dense clouds and a beaded edge around the shaped well and grinding surface. The reverse is carved in the recessed center of the base with a lengthy inscription followed by a Jiaqing wuwu cyclical date corresponding to 1798.
7 in. (17.8 cm.) long, wood box
The K'ung Hsiang-Hsi (Kong Xiangxi, 1881-1967) Collection, New York, and thence by descent within the family.
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The inscription indicated that the present ink stone had been in the owner’s possession for thirty years and was like a precious old friend to him, and he would not want to lose it.
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