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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1777

    A FINE ENAMELLED TOOL VASE

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    A FINE ENAMELLED TOOL VASE
    REPUBLIC PERIOD

    Of cylindrical form, delicately painted with enamels of sepia and light blue to depict the Daoist figure of Li Tieguai, seated beside his straw hat, the figure with an amazed expression in observation of his double-gourd, from which emits wispy-clouds floating two fairies, bearing the signature of Wang Bu, written over the artist's iron-red sealmark, the base with an iron-red sealmark, Zhuxi, 'Bamboo beside mountain stream'
    5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) high, box


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    The painting style of the artist, Wang Bu (1896-1968) was very much influenced by his older contemporary Wang Qi (1884-1937), and this is clearly evident in the fine brushwork of the present tool vase which is closely comparable to Wang Qi's figures painted in an expressionist, xieyi, style. Compare with Wang Qi's rendition of figures on ceramic plaques, also from the Muwentang collection, illustrated in Brush and Clay, Chinese Porcelain of the ealry 20th Century, Hong Kong, 1990, nos. 11-14.

    Provenance

    Muwentang Collection