3634
3634
A FINELY CARVED IVORY BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
ACCÉDER AU LOT
3634
A FINELY CARVED IVORY BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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A FINELY CARVED IVORY BRUSHPOT
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
of cylindrical form, the exterior densely carved in various levels of relief with a continuous heavenly landscape scene with figures, depicting on one side a procession of peasants and ladies riding on scrolling clouds carrying various tools and weapons, journeying towards a city gate, in a distance further figures seated on a cart following another group climbing up the mountains, opposite another group on the other side of the mountain about be engaged in combat with a troop of warriors, the reverse with two fully armed warriors carrying weapons threatening a group of ladies in the city, all amidst elaborate tiered pavilions and cragged rockwork with trees and shrubs, the rim encircled by the beribboned bajixiang (Eight Buddhist Emblems), the stepped foot with a key-fret band between lotus lappets, the ivory patinated to a creamy tone
17.5 cm, 6 7/8  in.
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Provenance

An American east coast collection.

Description

Masterfully carved with a dense landscape scene inhabited by figures that unravels like a traditional scroll painting, the present brushpot is an outstanding and rare example of ivory scholarly objects from the Kangxi period. An otherworldly quality is captured in through the enigmatic landscape, created through the varying depths of carving of mountains, openwork trees and ruyi clouds, which form an attractive contrast with the intricately carved diaper ground. As such, it is reminiscent of the finest lacquer carving. A great sense of naturalism has also been dexterously captured in the figures, as seen through the folds of their garments and animated poses.

A brushpot carved in a similarly complex style, depicting Daoist immortals in a landscape, the rim also fashioned with a narrow band enclosing Buddhist and Daoist emblems, attributed to the 17th/18th century, was sold at Christie’s New York, 25th March 2010, lot 854. See further related ivory brushpots, such as one decorated with scholars and attendants under pine trees, attributed to the early Qing dynasty, from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Shanghai, 2001, pl. 142; and another carved with figures and an ox amidst pavilions in a landscape, but without a border encircling the rim, attributed to the first half of the 18th century, from the Irving collection, included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition Chinese Ivories from the Shang to the Qing, British Museum, London, 1984, cat. no. 176.

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