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Subject:Chinese Ink Stone/Stand?
Posted By: Dan D Tue, Feb 16, 2021 IP:

Hi everyone,

I have an interesting find, something I have never seen before so I am hoping someone here can illuminate my mind to this piece. Its an ink stone/stand? I am familiar with ink stones which are usually flat carved slabs but as a stand its strange. It has small bubbles in it which makes me think it is a kind of resin but its as heavy as a stone. I am sure someone will find one on aliexpress as I am sure its modern but its got a section with some script, does it say anything interesting (I think I can see 'Qianlong nian zhi' but obviously not period)? Do they normally make ink stones out of resin to immitate Duan? Thank you!


Subject:Re: Chinese Ink Stone/Stand?
Posted By: I.Nagy Thu, Feb 18, 2021

This is an old fashioned ink stone with pedestal.
Fine air generates the days and nights
Simple words tell the past and present
(An old Chinese couplet)

(I can't decipher the characters inside of the cartouche shaped marking)

In Mid-Summer of Qianlong Year of Wood-Horse (1774) Written by Wēn Fānggāng

I share your opinion about the possibliity of resin.

With regards,

Subject:Re: Chinese Ink Stone/Stand?
Posted By: Dan D Sat, Feb 20, 2021

I. Nagy,

Again, thank you so much for the translation! Ah ha! I knew I saw Qianlong written there... but alas not mark & period! :( I have never seen anything like this before but Ink stones aren't my area of expertise.

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