Chinese and Japanese Asian Art by David Hawkes

A Good Chinese Ivory Brush Pot, 18th ~ 19th C.

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An attractive engraved elephant ivory brush pot decorated with a lake scene, the carving filled with black pigment, and several lines of calligraphy filled with blue and with perhaps the signatures filled with red. The brushpot is made from three pieces with the base and base plate glued to the column. The ivory displays its geometric grain, difficult to see on the top because of the darkening of the material, but it is there and shows better on the inside where it is seen down the length of the grain as a series of near parallel lines. Not easy to date definitively but Spink and Sons illustrate similarly carved ivory pots as 18th century in their catalogue “Ivories of China and the East”, 1984. They also illustrate similar pots as Qing so it is a difficult subject indeed.

The pot has a good dark cream colour with a nice patina from years of handling. The separate base is darker as you can easily see. There are a small number of tiny age cracks around the mouth but none of these go through. There is a larger crack in the bottom of the wall that must have been there before the pot was incised as the artist has incorporated it into the design. In order to prevent the crack from lengthening the artist also drilled two tiny holes to relieve the stress. Please note that on the photograph showing the base plate the lines you can see are not cracks but scratches.

CONVENTION ON INTERNAIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES. In order to legally export this ivory brush pot from the UK I will obtain a CITES certificate. There is no doubt that this will be issued as elephant ivory is not indigenous to this country. The purchaser, as importer will need to inform their Customs & Excise department of the import. How this works…the purchaser pays for the item and I then apply for the certificate. This can take 2 ~ 3 weeks to be issued. Once issued I send details of the certificate to the purchaser and they will apply to their Customs for a certificate to import. A copy of this is sent to me, I enclose it with my CITES certificate and attach it to the parcel. A bit long winded I know but worth it in the end as sending in an anonymous parcel will risk confiscation if discovered by Customs.

4.13/16 inches (12.2 cm) high, base diameter is 3.3.16 inches (8.1cm). There are traces of glue inside at the bottom

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