A huanghuali lobed brushspot
Lot 352
A huanghuali lobed brushpot Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,256) inc. premium
Lot Details
A huanghuali lobed brushpot
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.

Footnotes

  • 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.

    清 黃花梨花菱形筆筒

    筆筒以黃花梨作胎,色金黃而溫潤。筒身成十瓣花式,每一面均微凹入,筋紋細膩,曲線優美。口沿微內凹,底部承五矮足。筆筒通體素面,木紋自然細密,風格素雅古樸,為案頭陳設文房器具中佳器。

    黃花梨木屬於硬木,木性穩定,不管寒暑都不易變形、開裂或彎曲,除用來製作家具之外,常用於雕刻文房用具。黃花梨質地細密,木紋清晰雅潔,深受文人喜歡,其肌理和細膩程度,其他木材均難以上下,不用上漆、著色,只要稍加打磨就光可鑑人。黃花梨製作工藝從明朝末年開始盛行,至清代早期,黃花梨木料日益稀缺,一木難求,其工藝及製作漸漸隋時代潮流被推向邊緣,日漸衰微,而精於此道者後繼乏人。此筆筒木質上佳,木紋清晰,表面光滑溫潤,其樸質古雅的風格代表中國文人追求自然美感、天人合一的境界。其製作工藝精細,打磨細膩,花菱形輪廓簡潔優雅,器形規整樸質,風格古雅,為黃花梨製筆筒中較為難得之品。以黃花梨所製的工藝品在宮廷收藏中多為明末清初家具,此類案頭文玩則非常少見,參見北京故宮博物院清宮舊藏一件木胎金漆十連弧圓菱筆筒,雖為普通硬木木質,但其器形與該筆筒類似,鄭珉中,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品大系:文玩》,上海,2009,頁75,圖版48。
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