29 November 2009,
Price realised HKD 75,000
Estimate HKD 60,000 - HKD 80,000
VARIOUS QING ARTISTS (19TH CENTURY)
A set of four hanging scrolls, ink on paper
Each scroll measures 92 x 18.5 cm. (36 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)
Calligraphy dedicated to Mr. Xiaoyun by four jinshi graduates: Zhang Zhongxin (?-1913, jinshi degree 1877), Zhu Yizeng (jinshi degree 1866), Lu Runxiang (1841-1915, jinshi degree 1875) and Wang Yiceng (jinshi degree1875), with a total of seven seals of the artists.
These scrolls were written by four men who passed the highest level of the imperial examination system, achieving the prestigious rank of jinshi and subsequently careers as government officials. Lu Runxiang was the most distinguished of the group: he obtained first place in the exams in 1875, held a series of important official posts and finally served as one of the tutors of the last Emperor Pu Yi. All four inscriptions are dedicated to a man identified only by his given name Xiaoyun, and Wang Yizeng's calligraphy is dated to 1877, shortly after all had passed their exams.
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
+852 2978 9934
Their passions, motivations and dreams — and advice for anyone hoping to join their exclusive club
Specialist Elizabeth Hammer on why age-old themes and techniques continue to flourish, ahead of our 14 March sale in New York