A small, square brush washer (shuiyin) for the scholarís table made of carved Chinese mahogany (hongmu). The piece has been made of two parts, joined together at the middle ( see photo no. 6 ) and has upward tapering sides with recessed corners and a rounded opening. Qing, late 19th cent. W 5.5 X 5.5 cm, H 3.4 cm. Condition: Very fine (signs of wear).
Unusually large spillvase for the scholarís table made of carved Chinese mahogany (hongmu). Beautiful, lobed, elongated body. Fixed to fitted base on four short legs. Qing, late 19th cent. H 18 cm. Condition: Very good, almost without wear (only a small chip at mouth).
Small, cylindrical brushpot (bitong) of carved boxwood (huangyangmu bitong) with multiple bands and grooves running around the body. Qing, mid-19th cent. H 10.5 cm. Condition: Fine with great, deep honey patina (minor chips due to age & handling).
A large tray of deep red mahogany (hongmu) inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Decorated with a landscape with sage-like persons on a lake shore. The inscription reads: ĎThe Seven Sages of the Bamboo Groove.í Probably made in Southern China. Qing, first half of 19th cent. L 62 cm, W 44 cm. Condition: Fair (two sections of inlays lost).
A well-carved boxwood (huangyangmu) ruyi-sceptre in the form of a lingzhi with lesser mushrooms sprouting from the handle. Good, deep honey patina. At the bottom of the handle a hole from which tassels originally were hung. Qing, 19th cent. L 32,5 cm. Condition: Very good with minor wear. No breaks or repairs.
Object of contemplation for the scholarís table made of partly carved huangyangmu/boxwood root wood to form an anthropomorphic conglomeration of different animals with inserted metal nails to emulate eyes. Possible a brush rest. Qing, 18Ė19th cent. H 8 cm. Condition: Excellent and with good wear.
A small ovoid box of compressed shape together with a small vase-shaped container. Both box and vase of dark brown boxwood. Probably meant for medicine. Qing, first half of 19th cent. Box: D 4.6 cm. Vase: H 3.5 cm. Condition: Tiny repair to neck of the vase-shaped container, otherwise excellent, with great deep honey patina due to handling. Box: 500 $; vase: 400 $.
A fine and unusual brush rest in the shape of a dragon-fish or some similar mythological animal. Carved of what appears to be boxwood with a dark-reddish lacquer coating. On the bottom side an illegible signature in raised relief consisting of two Chinese characters. Qing, probably second half of 18th cent. L 15 cm. Condition: Fine all-over, but with wear due to age & handling.