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China Antique Cypress Brushwasher Scholar's Object

China Antique Cypress Brushwasher Scholar's Object

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1900: Item # 720931

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This tray was carved in the late 18th early 19th century. It is in the shape of a large lotus leaf. The leaf can be seen rising from the bottom of the tray to the top. Its edges are naturally carved to resemble the leaf curling in. The curling is quite uniform. To make a statement the unknown Qing carver placed a strong and active frog at one end: he is sitting, ready to pounce. His eyes are alive. The whole tray is elegant but also active. It was probably used by scholars or artists to lay brushes on while they worked, or it could have been a kind of palette similar to a burl one we sold earlier in the year. Rich patina throughout. Length is 16.5 cm, width is 13 cm