Qing dynasty Of rare decagonal form forming a ten-petalled floral shape, the body with corresponding barbs at the inner rim tapering down the sides of the interior, resting on a flattened base with a centralised concaved circular enclosure and standing on five carved feet, plain and undecorated revealing the natural grains of the wood. 16.5cm diam.
Huanghuali or commonly known as rosewood, is one of the most desirable and sturdy woods used for making furnitures and scholar objects. The wood is typically rich with dark brown veinings with beautifully varied textures, but also famed for having a soothing mild scent. Furniture and scholar's objects made of huanghuali were highly appreciated during the late Ming dynasty until the mid Qing period when there was a decline of the raw material. The current lot is a rare example of a huanghuali brushpot with extensively carved lobed sides, which would have demanded greater skills and more precise craftsmanship. Although the huanghuali furniture used by the Imperial court survived and remained in the Qing court collection, the number of recorded brushpots is scarce. For a gold and lacquer-decorated lobed brushpot from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Small Refined Articles of the Study. The Complete Collection of the Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2009, p.75, no.48.
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