Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983): Lotus, hanging scroll
Lot 95
Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983) Lotus
Sold for HK$ 504,000 (US$ 64,995) inc. premium
Lot Details
Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983)
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
Inscribed and signed Daqian, with four seals of the artist, dedicated to Xianbin
Dated the sixty-second years of the Republic of China (1973)
136cm x 69cm (53½in x 27 1/8in).


  • Provenance: Collection of Professor Maurice H. Tseng (Xianbin Zeng), acquired directly from the artist.

    Professor Maurice H. Tseng taught at San Francisco State University for twenty-eight years, where he was a tenured professor and coordinator of the Department of Chinese Languages and Literature until he retired in 1990. Prof. Tseng passed away in 1997.

    Zhang Daqian moved from Brazil to Carmel, California in 1969. Carmel is located on California's central coast, about two hundred miles south of San Francisco. In the early 1970s, Prof. Tseng would travel periodically with his students from San Francisco to visit Zhang Daqian's home in Carmel to show them examples of Zhang Daqian's work and brush technique in Chinese painting. In the spring of 1973, Prof. Tseng went to Carmel with his wife and younger son, and they decided to make a courtesy visit to see the artist at his home nearby. They were introduced to Zhang Daqian and had a conversation with him later. During the conversation they found that they were both from families originally from Sichuan province, China and their mothers were cousins!

    Several months later, Zhang Daqian sent this painting to Prof. And Mrs. Tseng as a gift, coinciding with the San Francisco Asian Art Museum's retrospective of Zhang Daqian's paintings that fall. Since then this painting had been hanging in Prof. Tseng’s home in San Francisco for over thirty-five years.

    張大千 潑墨荷花 設色紙本 立軸 一九七三年作