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Subject:Help with marks on antique ivory brushpot
Posted By: Brett Fri, Oct 16, 2020 IP:

My aunt showed me this item. Am I right that it is a brush pot? There is a hole on both sides. It looks old to me based on the staple repair and coloring. 1800's? Is this Chinese or Japanese? There is writing within the scroll. I assume it poem or proverb, but I was wondering if someone could translate. Thanks for any help.

Subject:Re: Help with marks on antique ivory brushpot
Posted By: Mark Adams Sat, Oct 17, 2020

Hi Brett,
Yes your right. It's a chinese bitong (brush pot).
It's genuine elephant ivory and dates to the late 19th century, early 20th century.
Nice example.
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