Four faceted ivory brushpots, bitong 17th/18th century  (4)

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Lot 3† Y Ф
Four faceted ivory brushpots, bitong
17th/18th century

£ 1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,300 - 2,000

Asian Art

7 Nov 2016, 10:30 GMT

London, Knightsbridge

Property from a Uruguayan Private collection, formed in Shanghai in the 1920's
Lots 1-31
To be Sold Without Reserve
Four faceted ivory brushpots, bitong
17th/18th century
Comprising: one of octagonal form, carved with floral panels, alternating with poetic couplets complimenting the beauty of various flowers; a hexagonal brushpot, relief carved with chrysanthemums, prunus and lotus, alternating with further panels of poetic couplets of similar subject; another similar floral brushpot, uninscribed; and a hexagonal brushpot, each face incised with couplets of the poem 'Going Out The Passes' by the Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu, bases missing.
The largest 12cm (4.3/4in) high. (4).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    A Uruguayan Private Collection.

    Carved on one side with a floral landscape and on another with an inscription, the composition is reminiscent of the typical structure of classical Chinese painting. Compare the 'floral' brushpots with a late Ming ivory example from the Ashfield Collection and the Adrian Joseph Collection, sold in Bonhams Hong Kong, 26 May 2013, Lot 306.

    Another comparable example dated 17th/18th century, sold in Sotheby's London, 9 November 2011, Lot 12.
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