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A massive grey lingbi scholars' rock that can be viewed in two ways. Face on, the horizontal stone sits squat like a squashed Officials’ hat, the folds of the rock buckling under its own weight. However, end on the rock appears angled and diagonally lifted up it transforms into a majestic mountain, the steep sides displaying the ridges of the rock underneath. The rock is a light grey colour with flecks of white calcite throughout.

The stand is a typical Jiangnan style stand of pale brown hongmu with some paler areas of sapwood raised on five short cabriole legs with a lower section with undecorated vertical walls and an upper section with undulating raised protrusions. The lip that borders the rock-receiving cavity is broad and flat to retain the distinct angle of the rock.

Qing dynasty, 18th century.


Ian and Susan Wilson, San Francisco.


‘The Spirit of Gongshi: Chinese Scholar’s Rocks’ undated, Kemin Hu, no. 44, page 62, where it is described as Ying stone.

Nicholas Grindley, ‘Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholars’ Rocks’ 2009, no. 16


height 36 cm

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