An Yixing stoneware 'double-gourd' brushwasher
Early Qing dynasty, signed Chen Mingyuan
Very finely potted with naturalistic detail, in the form of a double-gourd, sliced in half, the interior smoothly polished, the exterior with undulating tendrils issuing from the stem, extending to a leaf that drapes over the rim, with a beetle depicting poised amidst six small holes in the leaf from its feast, the stoneware of rich dark brown suffused with pale speckling, the base with four-character inscription in kaishu and a seal mark, inscribed fitted box.
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