• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1978

    A TIANHUANG 'BUDDHIST LION' SEAL

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    A TIANHUANG 'BUDDHIST LION' SEAL
    QING DYNASTY, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    The columnar seal of square section, surmounted by a recumbent Buddhist lion, the muscular body coiled with its head turned to a bushy tail, the seal chop carved in relief, zhuwen, with four characters, Shiqing Huayi, 'Poetry from the heart; paintings from the mind', one vertical facet incised with a two-character signature, Sanyi
    2 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (5.5 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm.), wood box


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    It is possible that the signature Sanyi identifies the late Qing dynasty carver and art connoisseur, Sun Sanyi, who was a native of Pinghu in Zhejiang province and was active during the Daoguang-Xianfeng reigns, cf. Zhongguo Meishu Jiarenming Cidian, Shanghai renmin meishu chubanshe, 1985, p. 677.

    Provenance

    Hayakawa Junzaburo, July 1918