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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1874

    A RARE PAIR OF 'CHICKEN-BLOOD' STONE SEALS BY WU CHANGSHUO

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    A RARE PAIR OF 'CHICKEN-BLOOD' STONE SEALS BY WU CHANGSHUO
    EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Each of columnar square section, both with irregular rounded tops, the greyish-caramel tone suffused with brilliant crimson-red inclusions to the surfaces, one seal chop bearing the characters, Jingguang, carved in baiwen, intaglio, and with one vertical side inscribed, Laofu, and the other with the characters, Wuzhou, carved in relief, zhuwen, and a single character Long on one vertical side
    2 1/4 in. (5.6 cm.) highest, fitted brocade casing, box (2)


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    Wu Junqing (1844-1927), better known as Wu Changshuo, is one of the most prominent and influential artists of modern Chinese painting. Wu was a talented and accomplished artist who integrated traditional Chinese painting styles of early masters such as Xu Wei, Chen Daofu, Bada Shanren and Shi Tao, with the art of poetry, calligraphy and seal engraving. His style names were known as Fulu, 'Cottage of the Urn', and Laofu, 'The old urn'; the latter is inscribed on the side of one seal. These names were a reference to an ancient excavated urn which was given to the artist by his friend Jin Fujiang. Although the urn was primitive and without design or inscription, Wu Changshuo was so impressed with the object that he wrote a poem in its praise.

    The present pair of Wu Changshuo seals were probably carved for a Japanese friend as indicated by the seal chop on one seal, Wuzhou, which is most likely a name. The side of this seal is carved with the character, Long, 'Deaf', which is the style name adopted by Wu when he reached over the age of 70, cf. Zhongguo Meishujia Renming Cidian, Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 2003, p. 290. The other seal bearing the seal chop Jingguan, can be translated as 'Quiet appreciation'.

    For furong seal by the same artist, dated to 1909, see lot 1883 in the present sale.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Literature

    All About Wu Ch'ang-shih, Catalogue, Tokyo, 1977, p.166


    Exhibited

    Elite Art Gallery, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, May 15-21, 1977