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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1880

    A FINELY CARVED 'DRAGON FISH' TIANHUANG SEAL

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    A FINELY CARVED 'DRAGON FISH' TIANHUANG SEAL
    QING DYNASTY (1644-1912)

    Of rectangular cross-section, the seal knop well carved as a lively, upright dragon-fish, detailed with fine scales, swimming out of turbulent waves, raising above the 'flaming pearl', one vertical side incised with the characters Shangjun, another incised with a long inscription, the seal chop base with seven characters in intaglio, baiwen, the stone of golden honey tone
    ¾ x 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (2 x 4.1 x 5.3 cm.) box


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    The seal characters Shangjun denotes the master carver of seals who was known to be active during the Qing dynasty, although no definitive work by the artist is known.

    The long inscription dated to the cyclical Wuyin year, corresponding to 1938, incised on one vertical side identifies this seal as once belonging to the well-known artist Wang Ti (1880-1960), whose hao or style name is known as 'Fuan'. Compare the seal square tianhuang seal, also inscribed by the same artist, offered in the present sale, lot 1881. The seal chop bears a verse from the Tang dynasty poetic, Han Yu (AD 768-824).