1931
1931

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

A FINELY CARVED AND RARE CINNABAR LACQUER BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
1,500,0002,000,000
LOT SOLD. 1,820,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
1931

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

A FINELY CARVED AND RARE CINNABAR LACQUER BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
1,500,0002,000,000
LOT SOLD. 1,820,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A FINELY CARVED AND RARE CINNABAR LACQUER BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
of squared section with slightly chamfered corners, delicately carved with fine sharp strokes in various levels of relief to expose the three layers of lacquer with a lively continuous lake-shore landscape, each side with its own pair of figures divided by large decorative rocks and pines, one scene of a pair of young boys carrying a large basket of lingzhi and foliage, one with an acolyte looking backwards towards a man with a large sprig of peach slung over his shoulder, one with a scholar conversing with a servant boy also carrying a basket of lingzhi, and the last with two seated scholars in discussion, each scene by a body of water carved into the light fern-green lacquer with a water diaper and beneath a dark olive-green sky beyond the rolling hilltops, the interior and base lacquered black
Quantity: 1
11.3 cm., 4 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 31st October 2004, lot 200.

Catalogue Note

Carved lacquer brushpots are very rare and it is particularly unusual to find one of this square form, although a square brushpot with chamfered corners and a hexagonal brushpot, both of carved lacquer, are in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Gugong Bowuyuan cang diao qi, Beijing, 1985, pls.295 and 342.

Like Ming dynasty lacquers, Qing dynasty lacquer wares were highly esteemed by the emperors, and through the support of the court, experienced a surge of prolific production and innovation during the Qianlong period. One of Qianlong's particularly favored carvers was a Suzhou artist by the name of Feng Shiqi who was known for his strong and detailed bamboo carvings. Although a specialist in a different material, the Qianlong Emperor had on more than one occasion commissioned him to carve lacquer and this brushpot is reminiscent of his carving style.

FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART

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