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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION

A FINELY CARVED BAMBOO 'BOATING' BRUSH POT

BY WANG JICHANG, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
250,000350,000
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3714

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION

A FINELY CARVED BAMBOO 'BOATING' BRUSH POT

BY WANG JICHANG, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
250,000350,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong

A FINELY CARVED BAMBOO 'BOATING' BRUSH POT

BY WANG JICHANG, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
intricately carved with a majestic lakeshore landscape, depicted with an elderly man and his attendant looking out from a small open pavilion nestled in a fenced garden grown with bamboo and pines towards two boating parties on the lake, one boat with its sail raised up the mast seated with eight figures, the other smaller fishing boat being pulled by two boys running across a small bridge, all below rocky mountains and swirling clouds and above a seal mark reading 'Wang Jichang Zhi', together with a rubbing mounted on a handscroll
12.4 cm, 4 7/8  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 31st October 2004, lot 192.

Catalogue Note

This cylindrical brushb pot is signed Wang Jichang, a bamboo carver active in the mid-Qing dynasty and a native of Jiading, Jiangsu province. In this bucolic boating and fishing scene, Wang skillfully picks out elements of the motif in a range of depths and textures. Note the variation in cuts between the trees, evoking a sense of wild forest, and the carving around the figures that brings them into focus as the principal actors in this narrative.    

Compare a brush pot carved with a similar boating scene, but signed Shanmei, in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, illustrated in Ip Yee & Laurence C. S. Tam, Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part I, Hong Kong, 1978, pl. 40, together with a slightly larger example, pl. 67; and three brush pots sold in these rooms, the first of slightly smaller size, 14th May 1983, lot 648, and the second and third of larger size, 25th May 1979, lot 874, and 10th April 2006, lot 1648.

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong