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ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
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Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
103.2 x 49.4 cm. (40 5⁄8 x 19 1⁄2 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
Dated autumn, jichou year (1949)
Dedicated to Shunde
Provenance
Christie’s Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Modern Paintings, 1 December 2015, Lot 1331.

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Lot Essay

Conversation in the Pavilion attributed to 14th-century artist Xu Ben was published in the Fine Art Journal published by the Chinese Painting Studies & Research Society in Beijing in 1929. Zhang Daqian admired this painting and emulated the work twice, in 1947 and 1949. The present lot is the version he painted in 1949. This season, Christie’s Fine Chinese Classical Painting and Calligraphy auction is proud to offer the original painting attributed to Xu Ben (Lot 888) on 29 November 2021. This rare opportunity to see and compare both works is not to be missed.

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