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)
Lotus
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).

Footnotes

  • 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

    題識:高士有潔癖,美人無冶容。六十二年癸丑之三月,以憲斌姻長兄教正。大千弟張爰環華盦寫。
    鈐印:張爰之印、大千居士、環華盦、大千世界


    來源:曾憲斌教授舊藏,直接得自畫家

    曾憲斌教授為美國加州舊金山州立大學終身教授,從事中國語言和文學研究長達二十八年,一九九〇年從該系榮譽退休,一九九七年於加州辭世。

    張大千離開巴西後於一九六九年移居加州卡密爾城。此地位於加州中海岸,距離舊金山兩百英里以南。七十年代早期,曾教授因為教學的關係時常帶領學生造訪張大千於卡密爾的寓所,研賞張大千作品以及中國書畫的筆墨技巧。

    一九七三年春天,曾教授攜妻兒途徑卡密爾,順道再次拜訪張大千寓所,碰巧遇上張大千在家。經人介紹,曾教授一家得以與張大千見面並寒暄,會談過程中更欣喜地發現兩人竟然有著姻親關係:同為四川老鄉,且他們的母親互為表親。這次會晤幾個月之後,張大千在舊金山亞洲藝術博物館舉行展覽,並將此幅潑墨荷花作為禮物贈與曾教授伉儷。

    是件拍品於曾氏珍藏三十五載,今次首次釋出市場。
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