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A RARE CHENXIANGMU 'LANDSCAPE' BRUSHPOT
17TH CENTURY
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3438
A RARE CHENXIANGMU 'LANDSCAPE' BRUSHPOT
17TH CENTURY
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II

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A RARE CHENXIANGMU 'LANDSCAPE' BRUSHPOT
17TH CENTURY
the gently tapering and fluted sides carved in various levels of high relief on the exterior, depicting idyllic landscape scenes of plantain, wutong, pine trees, bamboo and leafy shrubs growing from cascade rocks, interrupted by sheltered cottages and distant figures within, mounted with a curved rim and hardwood base, the dark wood patinated to an oily finish, the interior lacquered and fitted with a copper lining
w. 15 cm, 5 7/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

Chenxiangmu (eagleswood) brushpots are rare objects for the scholar's desk. They usually retain the natural form of the wood, and are characteristically decorated with applied relief scenes pieced from smaller sections of wood as seen on the current brushpot. The three-dimensional composition of this brushpot is enhanced through the sophisticated use of high and low relief carving. The natural knots of the wood have been cleverly incorporated into the decoration conveying a naturalistic rocky cascade.

For a closely related brushpot with landscape decoration in similar protruding relief, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Zhongguo zhumu yajiao qi quanji [The complete collection of Chinese bamboo, wood, ivory and rhinoceros horn], vol. 4: Ya jiao qi [ivory and rhinoceros horn], Beijing, 2009, cat. no. 51. Another example from the Qing court collection, with remarkably similar treatment to the trees and rocks, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, no. 49. 

Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II

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Hong Kong