More than a Game / A CARVED BAMBOO 'FIGURES AND LANDSCAPE' BRUSHPOT, BITONG 17th century
Sold for HK$292,800 inc. premium
A CARVED BAMBOO 'FIGURES AND LANDSCAPE' BRUSHPOT, BITONG
Of cylindrical form supported on three short bracket feet, deeply and finely carved in a continuous scene with the General Guo Ziyi greeted by local officials, with attendants carrying books and acolytes leaving the brewing tea unattended, the bamboo with a warm honey-brown tone. 16cm (6 1/4in) high.
Although unsigned, the quality of the workmanship on this superbly carved brushpot closely relates to that on brushpots by known carvers active in the late Ming and early Qing dynasty. The detailed scene and figures depicted is carved with the uttermost naturalistic sensitivity. The natural contours of the mountainous landscape, skillfully cut out in varying levels of relief, rank it alongside famous works in museum and private collections.
For bamboo brushpots of similar quality, with closely-related style of composition, see a brushpot signed by Gu Yu depicted with the same scene, exhibited in the Shanghai Museum of Bamboo Carvings, illustrated in The Fine Art Collection of Jiading Bamboo Carving of Ming and Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2018, pp.118-119; also see a bamboo brushpot signed by Gu Yu from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, pl.39.