576. Chinese Bamboo Brush Pot
Bamboo brushpot depicting ‘The Seven Sages in the Bamboo Grove’- Deeply carved with a scene of seven sages and their attendants assembled in a landscape of mountain, rock, pine tree and bamboo forest. Two engaged in a game of “go” while a third watches, two conversing, two painting at a table, the surface of a rich deep reddish-brown patina.
‘The Seven Sages in the Bamboo Grove’ is one of the most popular themes for brushpot during the Qing dynasty. Artworks on this theme have appeared more frequently on brush pots than on incense urns or wrist rests. The physical layout and techniques used were similar and most of pieces seemed to belong to a carving style of the mid-Qing period, which perhaps were made in the same workshop or from the hands of the same artisan.