Potted as a broken stalk of bamboo, with a small ladybug on the finial of the flat cover and on the top of the mouth; the front side with an inscription describing pure and simple, the tall stalk with a further four character inscription huaide junzi ('a man of complete virtue'), a square seal 'Lu Wenxia yin (seal by Lu Wenxia)' to the base with a small oval seal 'Wenxia' above the foot, an additional small oval seal to the cover
6⅜ (16.2 cm.) in. high

Garth Clark Gallery, New York, 19 December 1992.
The Irving Collection, no. 36Y.
New York, Garth Clark Gallery, December 1992.
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Lu Wenxia, a female artist, was born in 1966 in Yixing, Jiangsu province. She began her career as a disciple of the Yixing pottery master Xu Xiutang (maker of lots 6 and 50). Lu respects the Yixing pottery-making traditions but also innovates in her presentation of classic subjects. She is known as a master of capturing details from daily life and objects. Her approach to imitating bamboo, one of the most common classical subjects within Chinese art, is unique and lively. Lu’s pieces depict the imperfections of the bamboo by recreating the natural wormholes and decay on the surface. Lu often adds a tiny ladybug onto the bamboo, positioned as if it is about to fly away, to represent the transience of time and life; this ladybug has become a signature of the artist. Some of her other naturalistic works are in the collection of Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and in the collection of Ziguangge, Beijing.

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