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BOULDER19TH-20TH CENTURY"The mountain-form boulder is carved and pierced to one side with the 'Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove' in a rocky landscape engaged in leisurely pursuits including playing music, drinking wine, and admiring a painting.The reverse is carved with a cascading waterfall that utilises a paler area of the stone. The stone is of a mottled reddish-brown and greenish-white tone with darker grey inclusions.The reticulated, dark brown soapstone stand has been fashioned to cleverly imitate gnarled wood.12 1/4 in. (31.3 cm.) high overall; Please note this lot is the property of a private individual."The 'Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove' were a group of scholars who wished to escape the court intrigues and corruption in China in the 3rd century CE. The group would gather in a bamboo grove to praise works of art and find pleasure in simple, rustic life. The subject became a common theme in Chinese works of art and painting.