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A CARVED BAMBOO 'MEIREN' BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
20,00030,000
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55
A CARVED BAMBOO 'MEIREN' BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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A CARVED BAMBOO 'MEIREN' BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, 17TH / EARLY 18TH CENTURY
of cylindrical form supported on three low rectangular feet, carved in high relief with a sprawling scholar's garden enclosing two studios, one studio with a woman at a writing desk with brush in hand, an attendant standing nearby with a fan, a second attendant approaching with a cup of tea, the studio's lattice walls, drawn curtains, and rounded roof described in low relief, the lotus pond outside with massive blooms and leaves and surrounded by balustraded paths, the second studio in the distance, rockwork and leafy trees rising all around, the bamboo of reddish-brown color with lustrous patina
Height 6 1/8  in., 15.5 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 28th February 1980, lot 43.
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 23rd November 1982.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 845.

Catalogue Note

See a brushpot carved with a very similar scene, formerly in the collection of Dr. Ip Yee and included in the exhibition Chinese Bamboo Carving, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1978, cat. no. 48, where it is noted that buildings of this type with rounded roofs often appear in 17th century woodblock prints. For other bamboo brushpots depicting ladies engaged in scholarly activities, see one sold in these rooms, 26th February 1981, lot 311; and another sold at Christie's London, 6th June 2000, lot 154. 

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

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New York