3064
3064
A PETRIFIED WOOD SCULPTURE WITH MARBLE BASE
QING DYNASTY
Estimate
900,0001,200,000
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3064
A PETRIFIED WOOD SCULPTURE WITH MARBLE BASE
QING DYNASTY
Estimate
900,0001,200,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A PETRIFIED WOOD SCULPTURE WITH MARBLE BASE
QING DYNASTY
soaring vertically upward, the extensively ridged sculpture with long craggy fissures, the petrified wood of an ebonised charcoal-brown tone, supported on a quatrefoil-sectioned marble base carved with flowers and lingzhi
overall 160.3 cm, 63 1/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

Fossilised wood, like rocks, were often used as sculptural embellishments in gardens. They mainly originated from underground strata of Hebei, Xinjiang, Liaoning, Yunnan, Jiangxi etc., where the buried timber was gradually petrified under desiccated conditions through the corrosion by silicon dioxide and other minerals. The original graining and fibre of the wood was preserved during the fossilisation, thereby creating these beautiful sculptures with a distinct aesthetic of naturalism.

See a similar example, of a slightly smaller size, from the imperial gardens in the Forbidden City, Beijing (fig. 1), illustrated in David Ren, The Imperial Rocks, Hong Kong, 2000, pp. 96-97, no. 27. The petrified wood inscribed with a date in accordance with 31st year of Qianlong (1766), with a marble base carved with scrolling floral motifs at the bottom not dissimilar to the present example.

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