A seven sided ivory 'floral' brushpot Late Ming dynasty
Lot 306 Y
A seven sided ivory 'floral' brushpot Late Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 137,500 (US$ 17,741) inc. premium
Lot Details
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.

Footnotes

  • 明晚期 象牙淺浮雕花石詩詞七角筆筒

    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.

    筆筒呈七角形,平底,雕以一面圖一面詩文,在梅石圖一面,刻行草「江南無所有,聊贈一枝春。」;在蓮石圖一面,刻「亭亭淨植□雲鄉」;在牡丹花石圖一面,刻「若教解語應傾國,任是無情也動人。」形式有如中國書畫中詩畫合一,富文人氣色。此器採用淺浮雕,減地部份淺薄,花卉皆一枝獨秀的長於石之背後,形式一致,雕工雅拙率意,是明代晚期之典型風格。

    器中詩句分別出自南朝宋盛弘之《荊州記》、北宋周敦頤(1017-1073)《愛蓮說》及唐羅隱(833-909)《牡丹花》。
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