Fine ivory carvings from the Ashfield Collection, United Kingdom (lots 301-313)
A seven sided ivory 'floral' brushpot
Late Ming dynasty Intricately carved with seven asymmetrical sides with the middle hollowed, the exterior finely carved with floral sprays in relief interspersed with incised kaishu inscription. 8.1cm wide.
Provenance 來源: A & J Speelman Oriental Art, London, 10 June 1994 Adrian Joseph collection Ashfield collection
Carved on one side with a landscape and on another with an inscription, the composition of this brushpot is reminiscent of the typical structure of classical Chinese painting. Next to the plum blossom, the inscription is selected from a poem composed by Cheng Hongzhi during the Jin dynasty, with the subject matter of admiring the plum blossom as a special plant that is not found in the Jiangnan area and is now being represented as a gift. Next to the lotus, the inscription is selected from an excerpt by Zhou Dunyi (1017-1073), with the subject matter of appreciating the beauty of lotus. Beside the peony, the inscription is selected from a poem by Luo Yin (833-909) about how the beauty of peony is so great that it can cause a person to fall in love with it.
The lower-relief carving style on the brushpot is typical of late Ming dynasty ivory carving.
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