OBJECTS FOR THE SCHOLAR'S DESK, Hong Kong 2009
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Scholar's Implements

A STAINED IVORY BRUSHPOT

QING DYNASTY, 17-18TH CENTURY

HEIGHT: 12.5CM

Of cylindrical form and tapered waist, the brushpot rests on three shallow bracket feet. It is richly patinated and carved in relief, depicting a continuous river scene of three scholars at leisure enjoying a landscape. Two sit on rocks under trees while one stands holding a fly whisk. An attendant carries two heavy bundles tied to a pole across the bridge while two boats are being paddled toward an empty pavilion in front of a mountainous backdrop.

清十七-十八世紀象牙雕人物山水亭台樓閣筆筒