"A rare Chinese rootwood sculpture of grotesque form, 18th/19th century, 7 1/2" H.
Rootwood was especially appealing to scholars because of its often eccentric shapes and movements which enabled the mind to form various interpretations of its pictorial possibilities. Rootwood sculptures and furniture have been collected by Chinese collectors as early as the Song (Sung) Dynasty as viewed in the works of the Song artist Zhou Wenjjin. Zhou Wenjjin painted a scholar seated in a rootwood chair, c. 960. There is another famous scroll by Zhao Lin (1342-1375) of the collector Xiang Yuanbian, portrayed with his roowood. Rootwood have always regarded as "sculpture" with each piece being unique in form." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999