An Imperial lobed bamboo root tray Early Qing dynasty
Lot 323
An Imperial lobed bamboo root tray Early Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,340) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Imperial lobed bamboo root tray Early Qing dynasty An Imperial lobed bamboo root tray Early Qing dynasty
An Imperial lobed bamboo root tray
Early Qing dynasty
Elegantly carved of quatrelobed form using the intersection between internodes of the plant, the shallow sides rising from a continuous shallow foot around the edge at the base and flaring upwards towards the barbed rim, the interior worked and base revealing the natural grains of the wood.
11.2cm wide.

Footnotes

  • The haitang or quatrelobed shape draws inspiration from earlier metalworks. For two Tang dynasty gilded silver dishes with similar shapes from the Shannxi Provincial Administration of Cultural Relics, illustrated in Zhongguo wenwu jinghua dacidian: jinyinyushi juan, Hong Kong, 2005, p.110, pl.070, 071. Scholarly objects with similar design were also used by the Imperial courts. See a bamboo veneer dish with the same design from the National Palace Museum, Taipei (collection number GD000040N000000000). Similar forms have also been applied on Song to Ming dynasty lacquer wares, where examples are housed in museum collections around the world.

    The quatrelobed shape has also been replicated in many other forms of raw materials, including wood, ceramic, bronze and silver. For a related example sold at auction, see a small quatrelobed zitan tray from the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat collection, sold in Sotheby's Hong Kong, 4 April 2012, lot 130.

    清早期 御製竹根雕海棠式洗

    取竹子地下莖雕刻而成。器身為海棠式,口微撇,淺壁,平底。盤內外素面無紋,竹根材質天然色澤盡現,工匠巧妙利用竹子地下莖天然的結痕以及竹節上氣根的遺痕做裝飾,洗內部中心天然形成一圓形圖案,洗底部則形成放射形天然結根紋。整器典雅秀麗,返璞歸真。

    此件竹根雕海棠式洗的造型,是由海棠四出花瓣演化而成,花瓣正中各出辦尖。清宮收藏文房用具中,也有器形類似的海棠式貼黃竹雕盤,例如台北故宮博物院所藏清代竹雕海棠形盤(故雕000040N000000000)。北京故宮博物院藏有一件清乾隆海棠式竹雕盤,均屬同一造型。

    海棠式或四出菱器形晚唐時期的瓷器及金銀器上已經出現,如唐代時期銀製盛食器,其口沿經常作五出或六出海棠花瓣式,見西安市文物管理委員會藏兩件鎏金雙鳳銜綬帶紋銀盤,國家文物局編,《中國文物精華大辭典:金銀器卷》,香港,2005年,頁110,編號070及071,另外海棠式器形在於宋代至明代漆器上也較為多見。參看水松石山房藏一件清十八世紀紫檀海棠式小盤,器形也與此竹根雕洗類似,香港蘇富比,2012年4月4日,拍品130。
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