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A VERY FINE HUANGHUALI LOBED 'LOTUS SHAPED' BRUSHPOT, BITONG
17th/18th century
28 October – 7 November 2022, 12:00 GMT
London, New Bond Street

Sold for £50,700 inc. premium

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A VERY FINE HUANGHUALI LOBED 'LOTUS SHAPED' BRUSHPOT, BITONG

17th/18th century
The vessel deftly carved with barbed sides divided into bracket lobes, the lustrous precious wood patinated to a caramel-brown tone. 17.7cm (7in) diam.

Footnotes

Please note this Lot is to be sold at No Reserve. 本拍品不設底價

清十七或十八世紀 黃花梨素紋蓮形筆筒

Provenance: Grace Wu Bruce, Hong Kong, 10 June 1994

來源:香港嘉木堂,1994年6月10日

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.

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