Height: 6 3/4 inches, 17 cm
Width: 6 3/4 inches, 17 cm

Huanghuali brushpot

China, 17/18th century

A cylindrical brush pot, the straight sides rising up from a flat base with is carved with three feet. The centre of the base has a circular hole and is fitted with a spigot made of huanghuali. The material is nicely figured and several characteristic “faces” can be seen in the grain.

A similar, slightly larger huanghuali brush pot from the Piccus collection was included in an exhibition at the Altfield Gallery in Hong Kong in 1984.[1]

  1. Rice Jones, R and Forsyth, A.: Wood from the Scholar’s Table, Chinese Hardwood Carvings and Scholar’s Articles, Altfield Gallery, Hong Kong 1984, plate 29, pp. 62-3.