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A CARVED AND PIERCED BAMBOO 'MEIREN' BRUSHPOT
LATE MING DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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A CARVED AND PIERCED BAMBOO 'MEIREN' BRUSHPOT
LATE MING DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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A CARVED AND PIERCED BAMBOO 'MEIREN' BRUSHPOT
LATE MING DYNASTY
of cylindrical form set over three low rectangular feet, well carved with a lush garden enclosing two scholar's studios, one studio occupied by a lady seated at a writing desk with brush in hand, an attendant waiting nearby and a second approaching carrying a bowl, the architecture of the studio minutely described including the paneled walls and the drawn curtains, a balustraded path nearby leading to a pond surrounded by trees and rockwork, the second studio at the other side of the pond backed with a 'moon window' carved in openwork to reveal a tree growing behind, the entire composition carved in high relief heightening the sense of depth, the fine details depicted in low relief, the bamboo patinated to a warm russet-brown 
Height 6 in., 15.1 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 16th March 1984, lot 154.
Christie's New York, 29th November 1990, lot 81.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 2974.

Catalogue Note

The craftsman has skillfully created a sense of depth and realism by carving elements almost completely in the round, capturing minute details in the surfaces, and effectively using perspective. In addition to contributing to the trompe l'oeil effect, the openwork 'moon window' may have been a clever solution to remove a natural flaw. It also serves a third function by inviting the viewer to look beyond the scene depicted and even towards the brushpot's contents. For a brushpot with a very similar subject, see one included in the exhibition Chinese Art Treasures: A Selected Group of Objects from The Chinese National Palace Museum and The Chinese National Central Museum, Taichung, Taiwan, first exhibited at the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1961, cat. no. 225. 

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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New York