Lot 1112. A rootwood brush pot, 18th Century. Brush pot: 6 in. (15.2 cm.) high; fly whisk: 7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.) long. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price realised USD 2,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2016.
The brush pot is carved from a natural section of root to accentuate the textured burls and gnarls of one side elegantly juxtaposed with the smooth surface on the reverse. Together with a root-form fly whisk, 19th century, the shaft carved from a section of bamboo root, with the horsehair whisk attached through a series of ornate knots and plaits.
Provenance: Brush pot: Ralph M. Chait, New York.
Fly whisk: Kagedo Gallery, Orcas, Washington.
Christie's. THE IAN AND SUSAN WILSON COLLECTION OF SCHOLAR'S OBJECTS, 17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza