• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 11929

    The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1120

    A BAMBOO SEAL POSITIONER

    DATED BY INSCRIPTION TO JIAWU YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1954

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BAMBOO SEAL POSITIONER
    DATED BY INSCRIPTION TO JIAWU YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1954
    Of L-shape, the positioner is carved with archaistic inscriptions followed by a seal, Liyuan, on the vertical side, and a dated inscription corresponding to 1954 and dedicated to Weigong, followed by a seal, Mutang wu shi er ('Mutang [at age] 52'). Together with a soapstone rectangular seal carved with a continuous landscape scene on all four sides, and a four-character seal face, yu lu chuan jia ('pass on through the generations with great respect').
    Seal positioner: 2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm.) long; seal: 3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm.) high


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Mutang was the sobriquet of Feng Liyuan (1902-1970), a modern Suzhou epigraphist best known for his bamboo carving.
    Weigong was the sobriquet of Tan Yankai (1880-1930), who was the Premier of the Republic of China from 1928 to 1930.

    Provenance

    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London