A bamboo 'figures in landscape' brushpot Mid Qing dynasty, Shi Xian mark
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A bamboo 'figures in landscape' brushpot Mid Qing dynasty, Shi Xian mark
Sold for HK$ 800,000 (US$ 103,188) inc. premium
Lot Details
A bamboo 'figures in landscape' brushpot
Mid Qing dynasty, Shi Xian mark
Exquisitely carved from a large stem of bamboo raised on three flattened feet, the exterior exquisitely carved with a continuous landscape scene of figures amongst a landscape in high relief, with a messenger depicted delivering a scroll to a figure resting within a pavilion within a rocky recluse, carved with an additional figure depicted playing fireworks, the other covering his ears with both hands, the reverse carved with an elderly man travelling holding a gnarled staff with his young attendant carrying his flute, all finely portrayed on a serene mountainous landscape with a series of rocky caverns, dense trees, splashing waterfall and a small bridge beneath misty clouds, incised in zhuanshu with two-character seal mark.
15.1cm high.

Footnotes

  • The pseudo-mark reads 'Shi Xian', the courtesy name of the early Qing dynasty bamboo artist, Shi Yu, who is believed to be the third generation of the Shi families with deeply rooted craftsmanship of bamboo carving. The carving style shown on the current lot, however, indicates a more formalised technique, especially in the carving of the rockwork which was popularised during the mid Qing period. Compare a brushpot dated to the fifty-seventh year of the Qianlong period (1792), in the Shanghai Museum with similar style of rockwork carving, illustrated in Literati Spirit. Art of Chinese Bamboo Carving, Shanghai, 2012, p.138, no.064.

    清中期 竹雕山水人物筆筒

    「世賢」篆書陽文方印

    筆筒圓柱形,深腹,直壁,底部承三矮足,全器取竹子地上莖一節,一端留竹節以作器底,外壁以高浮雕雕山巒峭壁,雲淡風輕,小橋清泉,古樹蒼松,枝繁葉茂,山間亭台中一仕童手持長聯,似聽後亭外長者吩咐,亭前兩小童正燃放爆竹,遠處一老者持杖而行,後隨一小童手持長笛,器身另一面近底處刻「世賢」篆書陽文方印。

    「世賢」為清初嘉定人時鈺之字,系時氏家族第三代成員,其二子一孫均承傳其技法,成爲一時竹刻名家。此筆筒雕工精良,然時鈺活動時間在清初,風格不甚相合,當屬後人偽託。參考上海博物館藏一件清乾隆竹雕春園夜宴圖筆筒,其山石表現方式與本器類似,見上海博物館編,《竹鏤文心:竹刻珍品特集》,上海,2012年,頁138,圖版064。
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