An Ivory 'landscape and poem' brushpot Mid Qing dynasty, signed Gu Zhi
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An Ivory 'landscape and poem' brushpot Mid Qing dynasty, signed Gu Zhi
Sold for HK$ 312,500 (US$ 40,320) inc. premium
Lot Details
Fine ivory carvings from the Ashfield Collection, United Kingdom (lots 301-313)
An Ivory 'landscape and poem' brushpot
Mid Qing dynasty, signed Gu Zhi
Of cylindrical form, skilfully carved in high relief and on thin sides, the exterior carved with a continuous landscape scene featuring two travellers crossing a bridge, another two riding on horseback crossing rocky hills, all amidst lush pine trees and pavilions in the distance, surmounted by a series of incised kaishu poem with the signature and two seals of the artist.
8.8cm diam.

Footnotes

  • 清中期 象牙雕遊山水樂筆筒 刻「古窰」款

    Provenance 來源:
    The Oriental Art Gallery Ltd., London, 17 May 1993
    Adrian Joseph collection
    Ashfield collection

    The poem literally translates as:

    "Walking along the ancient road towards the deep forest,
    listening to the bird's song and spring's flowing.
    Written in the summer day, Gu Zhi."

    For a closely related ivory 'landscape' brushpot from the Qing Court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Li Juifang ed., The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, pp.178-181, no. 152. There are several similarities between the two brushpots: both are carved at each level at an angle for the mountain and stone, utilising considerable skill in carving in high relief for the outline of branches and leaves, then in low relief for their details. Both are decorated in the typical traditional of classical landscape painting.

    筆筒以一段象牙雕成,直筒形,外壁以高浮雕的方式雕出連景山水圖,在山林間有兩雅士騎驢往屋子裡去,後有童侍携琴跟隨,遠處有三文人圍坐暢飲,另有兩文人停在橋上仰望,下有流水潺潺,配合上題「深林古道行應通,鳥語泉聲聽不窮。夏日偶書,古窰。」,道出筆筒之內容,描繪文人往深林古道而行,聽著鳥聲流水聲,享遊山水之樂。落款「古窰」,下鈐「云」圓印及「石」方印。此器佈景簡約,差落有致,雕工精湛,每一枝葉也交代清楚,技法彷如竹刻,清雅脫俗,配合詩句,有如以畫入牙雕。

    以本拍品與清宮舊藏之象牙雕開光山水人物圖筆筒相比,兩者之山石以斜刀刻劃,枝葉皆先以高浮雕雕出,再以淺浮雕豐富紋理,佈景巧妙古雅似中國傳統繪畫,可參考李久芳,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品全集.竹木牙角雕刻》,香港,2002,頁178-181,編號152。
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