579
579
A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG - JIAQING PERIOD
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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579
A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG - JIAQING PERIOD
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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A FINELY CARVED CINNABAR LACQUER BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG - JIAQING PERIOD
of slightly tapered cylindrical form, the exterior superbly carved in multiple levels of relief with a continuous scene of a scholarly gathering with one literatus already painting to the sounds of the qin as one friend watches and three more approach with their attendants, the garden setting with pine, bamboo, wutong trees, rocks, and pavilions amid a lake and mountain landscape, diaper and other incised patterns articulating each element, the interior and base lacquered in black
Height 5 1/8  in., 13 cm
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Catalogue Note

Carved lacquer brushpots are rare and examples showing guests arriving for an elegant gathering are rarer still. More typically, these brush holders depict scholars already assembled and actively engaged in art appreciation and other leisure activities together.

An intricately carved lacquer brushpot on this theme from the Qing court collection, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Jiufang Li, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 2006, pl. 42. Compare another in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated in James C. Y. Watt and Barbara Ford, East Asian Lacquer: The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, New York, 1991, cat. no. 44. Another example, but of carved polychrome lacquer, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 7th October 2010, lot 2173. A similar example was sold in these rooms 15th/16th September 2015, Lot 238.

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