The Sanwan Reorganisation 1967-1968
Lot 399
The Sanwan Reorganisation
1967-1968
£15,000 - 25,000
US$ 25,000 - 42,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
The Sanwan Reorganisation
1967-1968
Carved black lacquer and painted in relief with gesso depicting Mao standing tall and surrounded admiringly by young members of the Communist Party standing to attention, some with flags, and local peasants wearing traditional turbans, framed. 117cm x 91.5cm (46in x 36in)

Footnotes

  • 1967-1968年 黑漆石膏畫「三灣改編」圖板

    Provenance: produced at Yangzhou and exhibited in China until the end of the Cultural Revolution, and then placed in storage at the No.1 State Lacquer Factory in Yangzhou
    Exhibited at the Olympia Fine Arts and Antiques Fair, New Art from Ancient China - Lacquer from Yangzhou, November 1998
    A British private collection

    來源:產於揚州,一直出展在中國直到文化大革命結束,後存在揚州第一漆廠的儲存室
    1998年11月出展於奧林比亞藝術及古董博覽會的《New Art from Ancient China - Lacquer from Yangzhou》展覽
    英國私人收藏

    Designed by Wei Yongqing, a graduate of the Guangzhou Art Institute
    Made by Junior Masters Jiang Houlan, Wang Jinghui and Jiang Debao

    Made over 12 months during 1967-1968, this plaque was produced during the early stages of the Cultural Revolution. It was not made for any particular reason other than that it was considered a political task to create new artworks to show the spirit of the time and to reinforce the cult of Mao.

    In 1927, after urban failures and the collapse of its united front with the National Party, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) abandoned the cities and retreated to the countryside. The first rural base was at Jinggangshan on the Jiangxi/Hunan border. The autumn of 1927 saw three major CCP insurrections within the nationalist troups, commencing with the now famous Nanchang insurrection of 1st August. Professional nationalist soldiers, led by General Zhu De, fled to the mountains and joining Mao's rag-tag army consisting of locally recruited peasants and unemployed miners. At Sanwan, on the way to Jinggangshan, Mao was able to re-organise his army; keeping the best soldiers, sending home the less professional ones and instigating 'party leaders' for each formation, in addition to military commanders.
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