An inscribed 'chengni yan' inkstone  Signed Gu Erniang
Lot 562
An inscribed 'chengni yan' inkstone Signed Gu Erniang
Sold for HK$ 50,000 (US$ 6,441) inc. premium

Lot Details
Scholar's objects from private collections (lots 560-566)
An inscribed 'chengni yan' inkstone
Signed Gu Erniang
The even beige-coloured stone intricately carved in low relief with a pair of mandarin ducks amidst foliage, a six-character zhuanshu inscription carved within a rectangular panel on the left side, the underside carved with a sprig of lingzhi fungus, hardwood box and cover. 12.8cm long.

Footnotes

  • The inscription translates as 'Made at Wumen by Gu Erniang'.

    A native of Suzhou, Gu Erniang's birth and death dates are unknown. She was active during the Yongzheng and Qianlong eras. Married into a family renowned for making inkstones, she was a disciple of Gu Delin. Gu Erniang subsequently succeeded and promoted the art of inkstone making due to her husband's early death.

    水鴨紋澄泥硯

    「吳門顧二娘製」篆文長方印

    澄泥硯成隨意形,硯堂刻以靈芝形,背以淺浮雕的方式刻以水鴨圖,在山坡上站著水鴨兩隻,後有菊花蘭花,前景小草,並陽刻「吳門顧二娘製」篆文長方印,刻工精細,硯質細膩光滑,明淨純潔。

    澄泥硯是以澄洗了的細泥作原料,經風乾、竹刻、燒製、參蒸等多種繁複工序而成的。其特點在於能貯水而不凝固,發墨而不損筆毛。

    顧二娘,蘇州人,生卒年不詳,活躍於雍正至乾隆,下嫁於冶硯世家顧德麟門下,後因丈夫早逝而承傳冶硯技術,並發揚光大。
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