A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century

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Lot 5020
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER
China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century

Sold for US$ 90,000 inc. premium

The Zuiun Collection

15 Mar 2017, 10:00 EDT

New York

A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER
China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A scepter carved from well-patinated sandalwood as a piece of lingzhi fungus, with one small stem rising against a larger, more boldly carved stem
With a Japanese double wooden tomobako storage box, the exterior of the outer lid inscribed Tennenboku nyoi 天然木如意 (Natural wood scepter); Kono nyoi waga tomo Chikken rōjin iai ima Seihakuken ni oite kore o mata mite atakamo kyūyū ni au no gotoshi chinamite kono sotobako o shikisu Sakaifu ni oite Shūken dai 此如意吾友竹軒老人遺愛今茲復観テ清白軒中宛如会旧友囙識シ是外匣 於堺府 習軒題 (This scepter was once a treasured possession of my deceased friend [Yokoe] Chikken. Seeing it at again at Seihakuken was like meeting an old friend, so I wrote this inscription on the outer box; inscribed by Shūken in Sakai), with a seal; the reverse of the lid with a paper seal Seihakuken zō 清白軒蔵 (Seihakuken Collection); the exterior of the inner box inscribed Tennenboku nyoi 天然木如意 (Natural wood scepter); Manji'an nansō no shita ni oite Shūken gakujin kan narabi ni dai 於卍字盦南窗下 習軒学人観並題 (Examined and inscribed by the scholar Shūken under the southern window of Manji'an); Chinese padded silk storage bag painted in ink and colors with an auspicious bat, signed and sealed
14 3/4in (37.5cm) long

Footnotes

  • Sakata Shūken 坂田習軒 (also known as Keizō 圭蔵, 1869–1928), a prominent leader of the Kagetsuan School of sencha, is best known today for his treatise Sencha seiganki: Kagetsuan-ryū hōshiki zufu 煎茶清玩規 : 華月庵流法式圖譜(Illustrated Book of Rules for the Pure Enjoyment of Sencha According to the Methods of the Kagetsuan School), see Patricia J. Graham, Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha, Honolulu, University of Hawai'i Press, 1998, pp. 186–187 and Shufunotomosha 主婦の友社, Gendai senchadō jiten 現代戦茶道事典 (An Encyclopedia of Modern Sencha), Tokyo, 1981, p. 434; Manji'an was the name of Shūken's studio. Yokoe Shikken 横江竹軒 was born in Kyoto to a branch family of the Mitsui industrial empire. A famous connoisseur, his art collection was sold in part at an auction held by the Osaka Art Club 大阪美術倶楽部 in September 1935.
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A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
A SANDALWOOD SCEPTER China, Qing dynasty (1644–1912), 18th century
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