An incense cylinder was carved by excellent craftsmanship.
Depicting the casual scene of a court lady reading a scroll under a pine tree while a attendant boy hidden behind the trunk reaching his head out by curiosity, the craftsman maneuvered his fine and affluent carving skill to make the picture as much detailed and pleasant as well.
The cylinder was carved in deep relief and was pierced through in some portions to allow the incense smoke to swirl out.
By a fine composition, the characteristics on the features of the figures, the typical sophisticated pine trees’ leaves and especially the mature old patina which had been transformed naturally into a honey brown color, we dated the piece was from early Qing period, 17th/18th century.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE MATERIAL OF BOXWOOD USED HERE WAS RARELY SEEN.
‘Cause most of the incense cylinders we’ve seen were made from bamboo.
This incense cylinder was made of a straight boxwood stalk, then being well hollowed and finely carved.
That makes this cylinder a sought-after piece even though both of the ends were later made by top-quality Zitan wood.
The restoration was not unusual for incense cylinders of good old dates.
Date: Early Qing period,17th/18th century.
A CUSTOM-MADE SILK BOX IS INCLUDED.