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.
- 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.