Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Opera Figures
Lot 109
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Chinese Opera Series: Stealing the Royal Horse
Sold for HK$ 4,800,000 (US$ 618,894) inc. premium

Lot Details
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Chinese Opera Series-Stealing the Royal Horse Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Chinese Opera Series-Stealing the Royal Horse Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Opera Figures
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991)
Chinese Opera Series: Stealing the Royal Horse
Oil on canvas, framed
Signed 'Lin Fengmain' in Chinese at the left
54cm x 44.5cm (21¼in x 17½in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Purchased in Shanghai between 1958-61 by an English private collector
    and thence by descent to his son in Hampshire, UK

    林風眠 中國戲曲系列:連環套-盜御馬 油彩畫布 木框 
    約一九五八至一九六一年間作

    簽名:林風眠

    來源:
    英國私人收藏家於1958-61年在上海購得
    後由其住在英國 Hampshire 郡之子繼承收藏至今


    The story of "Lianhuan Tao"
    Dou Erdun, the master of the mountain fortress Lianhuan Tao, has been bearing animosity towards Huang Santai for 30 years. Dou knew that Chief of the Imperial Military, Leung, was going to cross the border along with the Royal Horse of the Qing Emperor. By this chance, he successfully set Huang Santai up by stealing the horse and left a note with Huang's name on it at the crime scene. Since Huang died earlier, Leung requested Huang's son, the head of the Imperial Arms Huang Tianba, to look for the lost royal horse. Huang Tianba sneaked into the mountain fortress and fought against Dou. Finally, he converted an enemy into a friend. He not only brought back the royal horse but also successfully made Dou together with the tribes of mountain fortress bow to the Qing Court.

    While the character on his right hand side should be Huang Tianba, the character with blue face always represents Dou Erdun. According to the traditional practice of Beijing opera, blue mask emblems outspoken and impetuous personality.

    《連環套》故事內容:
    《盜御馬》為京劇《連環套》的一幕戲。連環套寨主竇爾敦在三十年前與黃三泰曾有一段過節,他藉梁太尉領旨帶領清帝御馬到口外狩獵,便乘夜盜去御馬,並留下字條,嫁禍於黃三泰。由於當時黃三泰已死,梁太尉令其子黃天霸尋回御馬,黃天霸便施計潛入連環套山寨,與竇爾敦相約比武,最後化解雙方恩怨,不但找回御馬,更使竇爾敦率總山寨歸順清廷。

    根據京劇面譜傳統,竇爾敦一角一般會繪以藍色花臉面譜,藍色臉象徵性格剛直,桀傲不馴;而畫中右方武生便是黃天霸。
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