清 康熙 1662–1722 嵌金火烧玉笔筒
Dimensions: 11.2cm high without stand, 11.2cm diameter
– T.Y. King & Sons Ltd., Hong Kong
– Sir S.S. Gordon, purchased July 1975
The sides incised in the round with a scene of a scholar seated within his pavilion, contemplating the trees and mountainous landscape before him.
This brush pot was clearly made for someone with a deep appreciation for things ancient, as the wonderfully worked surface conveys the sense of antiquity.The scene may well have been derived from a painting by Dong Qichang (1555- 1636). Dong had a fascination with antiquity and his critical studies of Chinese painting and calligraphy was groundbreaking for the time and had an enormous influence on the artists of the Qing dynasty. He and other arbiters of taste were known as the Nine Friends and were highly regarded by new, wealthy collectors.
Compare a painting by Dong Qichang sold by Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 November 2021, lot 857, bearing striking similarities to the scene depicted on this brush pot in its treatment of the trees and architecture.