A carved ivory 'Eight Immortals' brushpot 17th/18th century
Lot 234* Y Ф
A carved ivory 'Eight Immortals' brushpot
17th/18th century
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 10,020) inc. premium

Asian Art

6 Nov 2017, 10:30 GMT

London, Knightsbridge

Lot Details
Property from the H.G Beasley Collection (Lots 234-246)
A carved ivory 'Eight Immortals' brushpot
17th/18th century
The exterior carved in low relief with the Eight Daoist Immortals gathered conversing in a pine forest with cranes and auspicious clouds. 13.9cm (5 1/2in) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The collection of H.G.Beasley (1881-1939), acquired on 23 July 1919 and thence by descent.

    Harry Geoffrey Beasley was a wealthy brewery owner whose private collecting passion began when, aged 13, he bought two Solomon Island clubs. In 1914 he was elected to the Royal Anthropological Institute with which he maintained an association until 1937. He and his wife, Irene, established the Cranmore Ethnographic Museum in Chislehurst, Kent where they had moved in 1928, compiling the Cranmore Index of Pacific Material Culture based on James Edge-Partington's Index for the British Museum and forming a considerable library. Although the Beasleys collected artefacts worldwide – including Africa (particularly Benin), North-west America and Asia - their main focus was the Pacific. Objects were acquired from dealers, missionaries and from, or in exchanges with, various museums. Beasley's comprehensive monograph on Oceanic fish-hooks was published in 1928. The Cranmore Museum was damaged by bombing in World War 2 and in accordance with Beasley's will his widow, Irene M Beasley (q.v), offered the first selection of the collection (apart from a limited reservation for herself) as a donation to the British Museum. The gift of several thousand items became fully effective in 1944. Other named beneficiaries include the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford; The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge; and National Museums, Scotland.
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