The Jiangdu Pumping Station No.1 1977-1978
Lot 403
The Jiangdu Pumping Station No.1
1977-1978
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 66,000 - 99,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
The Jiangdu Pumping Station No.1
1977-1978
Carved black lacquer and relief-painted gesso depicting an industrial complex of buildings ranged beside a flowing gilt river, red seal at lower left, painted on the back, framed. 173cm x 74cm (68in x 29in)

Footnotes

  • 1977-1978年 黑漆描金石膏畫「江都排灌站一站」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
    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
    英國私人收藏

    Designed by Senior Artist Lu Xingtang, a student of Fu Baoshi, and Senior Master Zhang Yu
    Made by Senior Master Kong Yuqing and Junior Masters Jiang Debao and Wang Jinghui

    The plaque took almost a year to design and make during 1977-1978. It was made to the order of the Central Government and was exhibited at the Beijing National Arts and Crafts Exhibition, 1978. During the Cultural Revolution, artists were not allowed to sign their work, but instead this panel has the seal 'Taking Southern Water North'.

    Throughout Chinese history, water control has played a major role in economic and social development. The Jiangdu Water Conservation Project was constructed over ten years from 1968-1978. Situated 14km east of Yangzhou, the Jiangdu Pumping Station controls water for the Lixiahe Region. This area of Northern Jiangsu is an alluvial plain in the spring but is in drought for the rest of the year. The pumping station controls the flow of the water between the region and the Yangtze River via its reversible pump turbines, producing electricity when the flow is southwards into the Yangtze. The project was one of the five major construction projects completed during the Cultural Revolution period. At the time, it was the largest pumping station in the world.
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