Burled Root Container

c. 1850
$3,680 USD SOLD
W: 19.25" D: 17.0" H: 20.0"
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A distinguished member of the Qing Dynasty literati would have used this 19th century sculptural burled rootwood container to hold his scrolls. Its organic form reflects a cultivated taste for nature's peculiar effects and humble associations that was widespread amongst a cultured group of 18th-19th century Chinese artists and literati. The container is carved out of a wood burl, highly valued by collectors and woodworkers for its unique shape and extraordinary patterning. Its worn and warmly patinated surface speaks to its age and calls to be touched.

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