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    Sale 12169

    Fine Chinese Paintings

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 821

    ZHENG XIE (ZHENG BANQIAO) (1693-1765)

    Calligraphy

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    ZHENG XIE (ZHENG BANQIAO) (1693-1765)
    Calligraphy
    Hanging scroll, ink on paper
    63 7/8 x 34 ¾ in. (162.4 x 88.2 cm.)
    Inscribed and signed with four seals of the artist


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    The poetry reads:
    Outside the city, where is the foliage most lush?
    By the decorated walls where the setting sunlight
    flters through the pine forest.
    A single note comes from the pure sounding-stone,
    and the sky seems like water,
    At evening on the river the refection of the
    moon is like frost.
    The monks are calm at this remote place,
    and I often visit,
    Floating like a cloud from my government offce;
    I am painted when I must depart.
    On the trellis are grapes like ten thousand pearls,
    The autumn wind must have remembered that
    this old man loves to eat them.
    Translated by Jonathan Chaves

    Provenance

    Acquired in Taiwan in 1972.