Details
Modeled with the ridges of a root, with a bamboo branch-form handle and spout, the cover with a small ladybug, the base with square seal mark 'Lu Wenxia yin (Seal by Lu Wenxia)' and the number 1996.11, and the interior of the cover with one seal 'Wenxia zhi (Made by Wenxia)'
8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) high


Provenance
The Irving Collection, no. 76Y.
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Lot Essay

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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