• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 248

    A PAIR OF FRAMED 'DREAMSTONE' WALL PLAQUES

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRAMED 'DREAMSTONE' WALL PLAQUES
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    One of horizontal format, the warm ivory stone with black and grey markings, with an inscription comparing the mottling of the stone to a bird in flight before sunset; the other of vertical format, the stone of ivory tone with muted brown inclusions resembling a mountain range, entitled Shan Yi Xiang Qiu Duo after a Jin dynasty poem by Yuan Haowen, and with two lengthy inscriptions after Gong Shitai (1298-1362) and the Tang poet Ma Dai
    Each 23 1/8 x 18 in. (58.7 x 45.7 cm.) framed


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    The inscription on the first panel was composed by Ruan Yuan (1764-1849) at the Langhuan Studio, referenced in the seal inscribed at the bottom left. The second panel also bears Ruan Yuan's collector's seal. Also known as Boyuan, Ruan Yuan was a well-known scholar/official who passed his jinshi examination in 1789, and was subsequently appointed to the Hanlin Academy. He was famous for his literary work, Biographies of Astronomers and Mathematicians.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890-1920s, thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NORTH-AMERICAN CHINESE FAMILY COLLECTION, FORMED DURING THE LATE QING DYNASTY