3677
3677
A BAMBOO 'PINE' BRUSHPOT
SIGNED ZHONGQIAN, 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 2,125,000 HKD
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3677
A BAMBOO 'PINE' BRUSHPOT
SIGNED ZHONGQIAN, 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 2,125,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong

A BAMBOO 'PINE' BRUSHPOT
SIGNED ZHONGQIAN, 17TH CENTURY
carved in the form of a section of a pine tree, naturalistically depicted with burls, whorls and scalps on the bark, the exterior carved in high relief and openwork with gnarled knotted branches issuing clusters of pine needles, patinated to a chestnut-brown tone, the reverse lightly incised with a four-character signature reading Zhongqian jing lou (Respectfully carved by Zhongqian)
12 cm, 4 3/4  in.
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Provenance

An old Hong Kong private collection.

Literature

Ip Yee and Laurence C.S. Tam, Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part II, Hong Kong, 1982 pp 190-191.

Catalogue Note

The vibrant high relief carving and naturalistic rendering of the pine branches wrapped around the trunk follows the Ming tradition of bamboo carving developed by the three Zhus, the most renowned family of bamboo carvers active from the 16th century. The current brushpot is signed Zhongqian, the sobriquet of the bamboo carver Pu Cheng, who was active in the early 17th century. 

Compare a bamboo brushpot carved with cranes by Zhu He, in the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, illustrated in Hai Bo, Zhu mu ya jiao qi zhenshang [Appreciation of bamboo, wood, ivory and horn], Tainan, 1995, pl. 30.

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong