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Lot 15. A rare inscribed cypress wood brushpot, bitong, Xuantong seal mark and Fuchen zhi mark, early 20th century; 16.5cm (6 1/2in) diam. Sold for £2,550 (Estimate £2,000 - 4,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022

The vessel with numerous gnarled and hollowed 'eyes, the wood of amber-honey tone, the base incised with seal mark and maker's signature

ProvenanceAdrian M. Joseph (d.2010), Hong Kong, 1978.

Published and IllustratedS.Marsh, Brushpots: A Collector's View, Hong Kong, 2020, pp.60-61.

NoteThe present lot bears the seal of the Xuantong emperor (r.1909-1911), the last emperor of China, as well as a three-character inscription, Fuchen zhi ('made by Fuchen'). See a related burlwood brushpot, Qing dynasty, which was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 30 November 2021, lot 585.

Bonhams. THE MARSH COLLECTION ART FOR THE LITERATI, 3 November 2022, London, New Bond Street