Anonymous, circa 1600 Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape
Lot 2016
Anonymous (circa 1600) Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£24,000 - 36,000
Auction Details
Chinese Paintings New York
12 Sep 2012 10:00 EDT

Auction 20379
Anonymous, circa 1600 Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape Anonymous, circa 1600 Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape Anonymous, circa 1600 Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape Anonymous, circa 1600 Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape Anonymous, circa 1600 Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape Anonymous, circa 1600 Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape Anonymous, circa 1600 Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape
Lot Details
Anonymous (circa 1600)
Figures in a Blue/Green Landscape
Album of eight leaves, ink and mineral pigments with traces of gold on silk, bearing a spurious signature of Qian Xuan (1235-1305), with one seal reading Shun Ju, along with eight collectors seals (two repeated seals), reading Hai Shan Xian Guan Shu Hua Yin, De Fan Jian Ding, De Weng Miji shang xin zhi pin.
11 1/2 x 14in. (29.2 x 35.5cm.) each leaf

Footnotes

  • The brilliantly vivid blues and greens that endow this album with its distinctive palette are due to the use of the mineral pigments azurite and malachite. Application of colors in such a way was popularized in the tenth century, however its origins can be traced centuries before. In later periods the blue/green palette was frequently employed to evoke the distant past, or images that illustrated Daoist themes. Whereas none of the leaves in this album are specifically identified by the artist through inscription, the Daoist imagery that pervades a number of the paintings suggests a connection. In addition to the mineral pigments, the artist of this album highlights the faceted rocks with slender gold, a technique known as jinbi shanshui.

    For a thorough discussion on this style of painting see Amy McNair "On the Meaning of the "Blue-and-Green Manner" in Chinese Landscape Painting" in Marsha Wiedner, ed. Perspectives on Heritage of the Brush, Spencer Museum of Art, 1997.

    The album is accompanied by a letter dated July 6, 1972 from Bernheimer Antiques in Cambridge, Massachusetts citing the opinion of Professor Max Loehr, who viewed the album and attributed it definitively to the Wanli period.

    The majority of the collectors' seals that grace the album's leaves belong to Pan Shicheng (1804 - 1873), an eminent Guangdong collector during the Qing Dynasty. In addition to his art collection, Pan Shicheng was known for his home, Haishanxian Guan, one of the most visited social elite mansions in China, and he was responsible for the production or sponsorship of numerous printed works on science, and the study and design of Chinese botany and garden culture.

    無名氏 青綠山水 册頁八開 設色絹本 約十七世紀

    款識: 錢選

    鈐印:[舜舉]

    藏印:[海山仙館珍藏書画印][德畬鑑定][德翁秘籍賞心之品]

    [海山仙馆珍藏书画印]: 朝道光十年,富商潘仕成将荔枝湾方圆几百亩地买下,大兴土木修亭葺台,建成岭南第一名园,并提名为"海山仙馆"。经过多年变迁,当年的风貌已荡然无存。
    [德畬审定][德翁秘籍赏心之品]: 海山仙館主人潘仕成之印。 潘仕成,字德畲,道光十三年, 园主潘仕成非但是十三行的大富商,而且还是收藏甚丰、蜚声域外的文化名流。他不惜斥巨资刻印《海山仙馆丛书》56种,492卷,分编经、史、子、集四部,共120册。他还用心搜罗历代名书法家的名迹法贴,将他们珍贵的手迹敬分为摹古、藏真、"遗芬",而后飧凿成一千多块石刻,大多镶嵌在园里回廊曲径的洞壁中,他还把这批名迹石刻拓本刊印成《海山仙馆丛贴》。正因园主如此的孜孜不倦,艺海淘金,锲而不舍,海纳百川,所以潘仕成声名远播,威望大振,而海山仙馆也理所当然、承之无愧地变为当时达官显贵、名流雅士、外国豪商富贾们经常聚集的乐土名苑;甚至,连那些外国使节与政府要员官宦之间的会晤。美国作家亨特,法国摄影师于勒·埃及尔,还有英国著名的摄影师、作家约翰·汤逊等,当年就都曾是海山仙馆里的常客熟友。
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