A finely carved bamboo 'pine tree' brushwasher Yongzheng / Qianlong
Lot 33
A finely carved bamboo 'pine tree' brushwasher Mid Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,354) inc. premium
Lot Details
A finely carved bamboo 'pine tree' brushwasher
Mid Qing dynasty
The brushwasher naturalistically carved from the bamboo root as elegantly twisting pine branches issuing delicately detailed needle clusters, hollowed and inward curled at the edges, the underside further carved with a gnarled branch issuing further branches overflowing into the vessel, the branches depicted with bark and boles by using the natural knots in the bamboo.
11cm wide.

Footnotes

  • The outstanding carving of the details almost certainly indicate the finest workmanship of the Jiading School during its golden age between the mid 17th century and the late 18th century. For a closely related bamboo brushwasher signed Deng Fujia, preserved in the Shanghai Museum and dated to the early Qing dynasty, see Literati Spirit. Art of Chinese Bamboo Carving, Shanghai, 2012, p.88, pl.034; and also ibid. for a similar brushwasher carved in ivory dated to the Qing dynasty, which is believed to be influenced by bamboo carving of the Jiading School.

    清中期 竹根雕蟠松筆洗

    筆洗取竹子地下莖,以圓雕、鏤雕及浮雕等深刻技法作古松盆樹狀,松枝蜿蜒盤繞而生,枝上佈滿圓形松針,器底利用竹根天然紋路雕樹皮及樹孔,雕刻細緻,造型巧妙,古雅秀麗。

    竹根雕盤松紋飾是清代康熙、雍正、乾隆三朝時嘉定一派文人竹雕器中常見的紋飾,見上海博物館藏一件清早期鄧孚嘉作竹根雕蟠松洗,上海博物館編,《竹鏤文心:竹刻珍品特集》,上海,2012年,頁88,圖版034,另見頁342,圖版189,一件清牙雕蟠松洗,為模仿鄧孚嘉一派竹刻而作,與本器極為相似。
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