Antique Chinese Black Steatite / Soapstone Carved Inkwell Quill/Brush Holder - China 19th Century.

£95.00 GBP

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24
A finely carved antique/vintage Chinese inkwell or brush pot carved from black Steatite (commonly known as soapstone).

Intricately carved with four fish set around the body, with a further fish on the finial to the cover of the central well.

Hardstone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, dating back to the fifth millennium B.C.

It was not until the Qing dynasty, however, that an abundant supply of raw material, extraordinary craftsmanship, and keen imperial patronage allowed the art to flourish.

Condition is generally very good, there is a small chip to the rim, not visible when the lid is in position (please see images).

13cm diameter.
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