A Japanese ivory 'rats' brushpot Signed Kihodo Masakuza (1868-1911)
Lot 313 Y
A Japanese ivory 'rats' brushpot Signed Kihodo Masakuza (1868-1911)
HK$ 150,000 - 200,000
US$ 19,000 - 26,000

Lot Details
A Japanese ivory 'rats' brushpot Signed Kihodo Masakuza (1868-1911)
Fine ivory carvings from the Ashfield Collection, United Kingdom (lots 301-313)
A Japanese ivory 'rats' brushpot
Signed Kihodo Masakuza (1868-1911)
Masterfully carved with intricate details, the exterior frieze carved in varying levels of relief with a series of rats depicted tunneling out from the walls and playing with each other, a handful clambering over and eating from bundles of rice, all with finely incised furs and eyes inlaid with hardstones framed within keyfret borders with auspicious Buddhist emblems at the rim, the base carved with additional rats depicted emerging from holes with an incised signature and mark of the artist.
14cm high.

Footnotes

  • 日本 象牙雕百鼠筆筒

    Provenance 來源:
    S. Marchant & Son, London, 20 September 2001
    Ashfield collection

    筆筒口沿及足沿各有一周雲雷紋飾帶,筆筒口雕八寶紋,外壁雕百鼠圖,在平底面上高浮雕多隻老鼠,每隻老鼠都有不同姿態,有攀爬、有翻滾、有直立、有重疊,詡詡如生,彷如多隻老鼠穿出穿入筆筒,是象生雕塑中的極致,底雕多隻老鼠穿出,並題「雲烟舞。奇峰刻」,「正一」篆文方印。
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