'Rare' Chinese brush pot set for auction in Shrewsbury

The cinnabar lacquer brush pot Image copyright Halls
Image caption The brush pot is carved with ornate motifs

An 18th Century brush pot believed to have been used by Chinese calligraphy scribes is to be sold at auction.

The "rare" pot, expected to fetch up to £3,000, has been owned by a south Shropshire family for at least two generations, Halls auctioneers said.

Alexander Clement, Halls' Asian art specialist, is researching whether it is an Imperial brush pot or a copy.

The cinnabar lacquer pot will be auctioned in Shrewsbury in November.

"The brush pot would have been used to hold brushes used by scribes for Chinese calligraphy and are typically carved with ornate motifs symbolising concepts such as longevity," a spokesman said.

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