15 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 38,750
A PAIR OF FRAMED 'DREAMSTONE' WALL PLAQUES
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.
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890-1920s, thence by descent within the family.
PROPERTY FROM A NORTH-AMERICAN CHINESE FAMILY COLLECTION, FORMED DURING THE LATE QING DYNASTY