Rosewood Brushpot

Shanxi Province, C19th

Dimensions: W: D:21 H:19 (cm)
D is for Diameter
Reference: BP359


  • Description

    This brushpot’s exquisite sculptural form is treasured by collectors, given the close association of brushpots with the governing scholar class, the literati, in China.

    As a Chinese classic it so fulfills the integration of form, function and fine craftsmanship. This symbolic artefact can be handsomely displayed as a refined art object and as a beautiful desk “tidy”. 

    This cylindrical piece is beautifully carved from a single piece of wood, usually taken from the centre of the tree, with classic proportions of height and diameter almost being the same, and with a slightly waisted form.  It’s circular shape and tangible surface display the wonderful patina of rose wood grain, its knots, cracks and variation of shade and colour much valued by the literati. 

    There is a removable plug in the bottom which prevents the brushpot from cracking in extremes of heat, cold and humidity in China.

    For more information on brushpots refer to the article in the KNOWLDEGE section of the website.

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…refined elegance, unadorned natural wood…

  • Rare genuine antiques
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  • Over many years I have found Sharon’s treasure trove of Chinese furniture a wonderful insight into China’s history and heritage. Each piece tells a story of bygone days and I only wish I had more space to accommodate even more items.

    Lou Tabor
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    Peter and Joanna Ruddock
  • I have a modern house and the clean lines of antique Chinese furniture suit it very well. The occasional red lacquer piece looks striking, such as a coffer I use as a sideboard in my dining area. I particularly love a pair of narrow, columnar walnut Gansu cabinets and I think they will enhance a contemporary walnut dining table I am awaiting delivery. I like the visual interest of old wood and mixing old and new adds character to a decor.

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Why Choose a Piece from the Collection

We have a rigorous selection criteria that every late Qing Dysnasty (1644-1911) piece must meet: authenticity, rarity, originality, function and fine craftsmanship. The provenance varies but is mostly Shanxi Province, a region renowned for Qing furniture. We offer diversity, and styles range from classical to vernacular. Over the many years the true testimony of our selection process is that customers are more than satisfied, and are often repeat buyers, as pieces are consistently proven to enhance interiors.

Restoration as Conservation of Antiques

Dedicated singlemindedness in carefully and painstakingly restoring every single antique, simple or complex, has resulted in a sympathetic conservation of antiques, pleasingly meeting customers satisfaction. Our restorers have an understanding of the original craftsman’s skills such as joinery, lacquering, carving, painting and other age old carpentry ways. Each restoration is done by experienced and skilled craftsmen with great attention to detail. On completion each piece is a stand alone form, with presence, integrity and artistic personality.