Catfish, Qi Baishi, ink on paper
Lot 242
Qi Baishi (1863-1957) Catfish
Sold for £85,250 (US$ 137,716) inc. premium

Lot Details
Catfish, Qi Baishi, ink on paper Catfish, Qi Baishi, ink on paper
Qi Baishi (1863-1957)
Catfish
Ink on paper, depicting a catfish swimming downwards, inscribed and sealed at left side. 32.6cm x 133.3cm (12¾in x 52½in)

Footnotes

  • 齊白石 鯰魚 水墨紙本 立軸

    Provenance: from the collection of Sir William Empson (1906-1984), the literary critic and poet who taught at Peking University and in Kunming in the 1930s. The painting was taken from China to England by Lady Hetta Empson in 1936, and thence passed by descent.

    來源:William Empson爵士(1906-1984)收藏系列。William Empson爵士是文學評論家及詩人,於1930年代授課於北京大學和昆明。此畫在1936年由Hetta Empson爵士夫人從中國帶到英國,並由家族繼承下去

    款識:作大寫畫,能草墨大方不失形似即可觀矣。蘭炆仁弟以此呈余,余曰可為題數字助其雅興。白石
    鈴印:齊大

    The inscription may be translated as:

    'When doing an impressionistic painting, if one can sketch with the ink loosely and not lose the formal likeness, then it is worthy of appreciation. Lan Wenren approached me on this, so I said I would inscribe a few characters for him to help his aesthetic mood. signed Bai Shi'
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