The Marsh Collection / A VERY FINE HUANGHUALI LOBED 'LOTUS SHAPED' BRUSHPOT, BITONG 17th/18th century
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Please note this Lot is to be sold at No Reserve. 本拍品不設底價
Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, Hong Kong, 10 June 1994
Brushpots made of precious hardwoods are usually round and plain. Lobed-shapes such as the current lot are rarer, which not only reveal the natural and lively grains of the finest type of wood, but also brings elegance to a scholar's desk, and demonstrate the consummate skill of the master carver.
A related zitan lobed brushpot, 17th/18th century, is illustrated by G.Wu Bruce, The Best of the Best: The MQJ Collection of Ming Furniture, Hong Kong, 2017, p.442. See also another related zitan foliate brushpot, 17th century, illustrated by M.Flacks, Custodians of the Scholar's Way: Chinese Scholar's Objects in Precious Woods, London, 2014, p.123.
Compare with a related zitan lotus-shaped brushpot, 18th century, which was sold at Bonhams London, 13 May 2021, lot 10. See also a related lobed huanghuali brushpot, late Ming/early Qing dynasty, from the Dr S.Y. Yip collection, which was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 7 October 2015, lot 121.