DESCRIPTION: A significant Chinese sculpture featuring a Scholar with his boy attendant, carved from a large slab of burl hardwood. The undulations and knobs of the slightly curving burl slab have been beautifully incorporated into the carving, forming the scholar’s garment and top of his curled hat. The bearded scholar looks slightly upward with a pleasing expression and holds a scroll in his hands. At his side is his young attendant gazing upward with a charming smile. Naturalistic burl carvings have a long and esteemed history in China, but rarely does one find such a genuinely old carving of this size. From the estate of heiress Cynthia Phipps of New York, NY, and dating from the Qing Dynasty, 18th C. CONDITION: Small worm holes scattered throughout, stable split in beard, tip of scroll has old break. DIMENSIONS: 40” high (1.02 m) x 19” wide (48.3 cm).