A scholar and stylized boxwood brush-rest was in a fine form of Taihu scholar rock.
Chinese scholars seemed to have greatly prized objects from nature that mimic other known forms and textures in nature and art.
This one was a fine example.
By a miniature form, the aesthetic mountain view was displayed in full-scale.
Owning the plausible function, this scholar object was an ideal item of both utility and contemplation.
The slow-growing boxwood has always been prized in China and is even used as an inlay on other precious woods such as zitan and is often carved into small objects or figures.
For this piece in such good size, it had obtained the warm honey-brown patina on the surface due to the enduring age.
The over all condition is fine except two minute and old restorations on two ends of the base.
Whatsoever they were unnoticeable and distracted nothing of the beauty of the main subject.
The boxwood brush-rest is detachable from the base.
Date: Qing Dynasty, 18th/19th century.
Width of the stand is 16.5cm.,
Width of the wood rock: 14.3, Height: 7.5cm. Depth: 5.7cm.
A CUSTOM-MADE SILK BOX IS INCLUDED.
The item was put as an ads in the famous Chinese art magazine-- Art & Collection, Sep edition of 2010.