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    Sale 2611

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1886

    A RARE SET OF EIGHT SILK-THREAD-WRAPPED BAMBOO HANGINGS

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    A RARE SET OF EIGHT SILK-THREAD-WRAPPED BAMBOO HANGINGS
    QING DYNASTY, 17TH 18TH CENTURY

    Each of rectangular shape, composed of vertically joined panels, the horizontally arranged thin bamboo slats bordered by grey satin, each decorated with landscapes with figures from Xiao Xiang ba jing, or the 'Eight views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers,' by wrapping multi-coloured silk threads around the individual spotted bamboo slats to form the composition, with details highlighted primarily in white pigment
    Each 66 1/4 x 22 in. (168.5 x 56 cm.), Japanese wood box
    (8)


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    The design on the present lot is usually seen on paintings in hanging scroll format. The theme Xiao Xiang ba jing, or 'Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers', was first mentioned by the Song dynasty scholar Shen Kua (1031-1095) naming scenes depicted in a painting. The eight views are reputedly based on various locations near the Xiao River, Xiang River and the Dongting Lake area in Hunan province.

    A large horizontally formatted bamboo blind decorated in the same technique, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was sold at Christie's New York, 20-21 March 1997, lot 210. Two vertical blinds (from a set of five) dated to the Qing dynasty and decorated in the same technique with cranes and phoenix amidst flowers and fruit of the same hanging scroll format were included in the exhibition, Min shin no bijutsu (Art of the Ming and Qing Dynasty), Osaka Municipal Art Museum, 1980, Catalogue, p. 59, no.3-31. A set of four bamboo hangings, decorated in the same technique and in the same format was sold at Christie's New York, 29 November 2006, lot 289.

    Provenance

    Higashi Honganji Temple
    Ohtani Family Collection


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    Ohtani Family Collection, Honpa Honganji, Kyoto, 1913, no. 2611, p. 72.