QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The double gourd-shaped stand is finely carved and intricately undercut with interweaving double gourds within vines. One gourd contains a hollowed well adapted as an ink palette for the stand’s intended vessel. The stand is attached to a hongmu base.
A boxwood melon brushpot similarly carved with a pierced decoration of melons is illustrated in the National Palace Museum’s Uncanny Ingenuity and Celestial Feats: The Carvings of Ming and Qing Dynasties Volume1: Art of Bamboo, Wood and Fruit Stone Carving 國立故宮博物院匠心與仙工：明清雕 刻展, 2009, pp. 111-112, Catalogue no. 25