Huanghuali brush pot
A huanghuali brush pot supported on three short feet. The flaring sides terminate in a flat band that protrudes from the rim, while the lower edge of the base is encircled by a concave groove. The brownish wood is well polished and has three dark diagonal streaks that extend across the sides.
This beautiful brush pot was formed from a section of a tree branch. The unusual feature of relief bands around the edges not only has decorative but also protective functions. The three dark streaks, resembling free-hand brushwork in Chinese paintings, draw the attention of viewers and enliven the aesthetics of this piece. A comparable huanghuali brush pot, of similar shape and dated to the 17th century, is in the collection of the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture. Another huanghuali brush pot of similar shape and size, dated to the mid-17th to early 18th century, is illustrated in The Literati Mode: Chinese Scholar Paintings, Calligraphy and Desk Objects.2
1 Wang, Shixiang and Evarts, C. Masterpieces from the Museum of Classical Chinese Furniture, Chinese Art Foundation, Chicago and San Francisco, 1995, no. 96, p. 200
2 Moss, P. The Literati Mode: Chinese Scholar Paintings, Calligraphy and Desk Objects, Sydney L Moss Ltd. London, 1986, no. 79, p. 197
清 十七 – 十八世紀
徑：14.8 公分 高：13.8 公分
黃花梨木質，為一段天然木幹截製而成，通體棕褐色相間，外壁三道深色長撇自上延伸至下，為視覺 賞玩焦點。器型由下至上開展，上緣以凸起平段包緣，底邊以凸緣作結，下承三足。美國加州中國古 典家具博物館藏一件十七世紀黃花梨筆筒，與本器形制相似，可為比較。