A rare bamboo 'prunus' brushwasher with zitan stand Qianlong
Lot 324
A rare bamboo 'prunus' brushwasher with zitan stand Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 162,500 (US$ 20,950) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare bamboo 'prunus' brushwasher with zitan stand
Qianlong
Naturalistically carved in the form of a prunus tree bark, hollowed and inward curled at the edges forming a recessed platform, above a gnarled branch at the underside, upward twisting and issuing further branches overflowing into the vessel with blossoming plum blossoms, together with a complementing zitan stand in the form of dense intertwined branches carved in high relief.
10.4cm wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • Towards the late Ming dynasty, bamboo and bamboo roots of the finest quality were selected by literati artists of the Jiading School as the most suitable raw material for producing small figurines. In the early Qing dynasty, bamboo root carvings styles, as exhibited by the current lot, began to shift towards more naturalistic designs, deeply influenced by literati taste. For a similar bamboo root carving of a prunus brush washer in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, see Jiangxin yu xiangong: mingqing diaoke zhan, zhumuguohe pian, Taipei, 2009, p.57, pl.9.

    清乾隆 竹雕梅花水盛

    取竹子地下莖,採用圓雕、鏤雕、浮雕等深刻技法雕梅花水盛。一梅幹從水盛一側蜿蜒轉折而伸,其中分枝為新幹並折入器心及器底,枝幹上雕梅花與花蕾。器底上留有竹地下莖天然的節及氣根的遺痕略作打磨,色澤自然,典雅秀麗,匠心獨運。配紫檀木作,以透雕手法雕成盤繞桃枝,以襯梅花水盛。

    嘉定一派文人竹雕形式基本分為竹筒雕與竹根雕,清人王鳴韶《嘉定三藝人傳》中曾記錄:「竹刻有二價:以竹筒刻人物山水,若筆筒、酒杯、香筒諸器者,是就竹之圍圓而成,儼然名畫也;一以老竹根就其高卑、曲折、淺深之宜,刻為人物、山水、果蓏、花卉。」然其實在明末嘉定地區的竹刻製品中就已見人物、螃蟹、蟾蜍等器,至清早期進而發展出佛手瓜、荷花洗、梅花洗、松幹洗等等。參看台北國立故宮博物院舊藏一件清早期雕竹梅花水盛,見《匠心與仙工:明清雕刻展竹木果核篇》,台北,2009年,頁57,圖版九。此件梅花水盛亦是取竹地下莖精心雕刻而成,可為一例。
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