Chinese Rootwood Brush Pot

Chinese Rootwood Brush Pot

1600 to 1800 China

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A Fine Chinese Rootwood Brush Pot
The interior lined with black lacquer, remains of an old paper label to the base
Late Ming Dynasty 17th Century
Old smooth polished patina

Size: 15cm high, 20cm wide – 6 ins high, 8 ins wide
The Chinese scholar for their rock like sculptural qualities prizes unique forms shaped by nature. This gnarled and knobby root brush pot is probably from the root of a briar or perhaps a huge wisteria. It has not been carved or enhanced other than the smoothing of the top and bottom and the hacking out of the inside which has then been carefully coated in black lacquer. The natural clusters of root nodules and lumps combine with the strong flowing forms to suggest a fantastic landscape with outcrops of rock projecting at all angles. Obviously treasured, this rock-like sculpture would have been judged by the same standards as those for scholar’s rocks except that this object is both sculptural and functional.
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