• Fine Chinese Classical Paintin auction at Christies

    Sale 2728

    Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy

    29 November 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 825

    VARIOUS ARTISTS OF THE SONG AND YUAN DYNASTIES (11TH-14TH CENTURY)

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    VARIOUS ARTISTS OF THE SONG AND YUAN DYNASTIES (11TH-14TH CENTURY)
    Various Subjects
    A set of eight leaves, mounted and framed, ink or ink and colour on silk
    1. Flowering Daphne, oval fan, ink and colour on silk
    25.5 x 26 cm. (10 x 10 1/4 in.).)
    Four collectors' seals including two of Qiu Ying (ca.1495-1552) and two of Huang Junbi (1898-1991)
    2. Morning Glories, oval fan, ink and colour on silk
    26 x 27 cm. (10 1/4 x 10 5/8 in.)
    One artist's seal
    Four collectors' seals including one of Huang Junbi and one of Ye Shutian (19th century)
    3. Crab among Reeds, album leaf, ink and colour on silk
    27 x 27.5 cm. (10 5/8 x 10 3/4 in.)
    Three collectors' seals including one of Qiu Ying and two of Huang Junbi
    4. Two Birds on a Wu-tung Tree, album leaf, ink and colour on silk
    24.5 x 26.5 cm. (9 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.)
    Five collectors' seals including one of Huang Junbi
    5. Kingfisher on a Blossoming Pear Branch, album leaf, ink and colour on silk
    28 x 26 cm. (11 x 10 1/4 in.)
    One artist's seal (half seal)
    Three collectors' seals including one of Huang Junbi
    6. Willow, Stream and Clear Sky after a Snowfall, oval fan, ink on silk 22.5 x 23 cm. (8 7/8 x 9 in.)
    One illegible seal
    Two collector's seals of Huang Junbi
    7. Camilia, oval fan, ink and colour on silk
    23 x 22 cm. (9 1/8 x 8 5/8 in.)
    Four collector's seals of Huang Junbi
    8. Clearing after Snow, album leaf, ink on silk
    24 x 23.5 cm. (9 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.)
    Eight collectors' seals

    Note:
    This collection of album leaves from the Song and Yuan dynasties was treasured by the artist Huang Junbi (1898-1991) for sixty years, and he only parted with it at the very end of his life, when the present owner purchased it from him. The paintings are included in the catalogue of his personal collection (Bai Yun Tang Cang Hua). In keeping with the traditional method of art education, Huang Junbi copied leaves from this album in order to understand fully the styles of ancient masters-an example is recorded in The Paintings of Huang Chun-pi (Taipei: Art Book Co., Ltd, 1987, nos. 141 and 142). These images also served as a source of inspiration for the artist. For example, in a painting by Huang made in 1954, he incorporated elements of the Song painting of two birds sleeping on a branch, although in his own interpretation the birds are awake and he added a branch of red leaves (Huang Guangnan, Zheng Dunyin, Wang Sufeng, The Style and Influence of Huang Junbi's Paintings (Taipei: Taipei City Museum, 1987, pl. 30).
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    US$645,200-774,200

    Provenance

    Property of an American Private Collector.


    Literature

    Huang Junbi, Collection of Bai Yun Tang, Volume 1, Cathay Art Museum, Taipei, 1981, plates 6,8,9,10,13,14,18,19