Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings
Lot 5288
Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings
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Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings Anonymous (late Ming dynasty) Three printed books with paintings by Lu Hongnian Anonymous (late Ming dynasty) Three printed books with paintings by Lu Hongnian
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Lu Hongnian (c. 1914-1989) and Others
Three printed volumes decorated with fore-edge paintings
The first a single volume (juan 5) from the Ming Wanli period publication Xing Li Hui Yao Mu Lu, with a fore-edge painting of a Landscape in Blue-green Style, rendered in ink and color, inscribed and dated jimao dong (winter of 1939) and signed Lu Hongnian with three seals; the second a single volume (juan 23-24) from the late Ming publication Zhu Zi Qi Shang (ed. Chen Renxi, 1581-1636), with a fore-edge painting of Christ as the Good Shepherd, rendered in ink and color; the third a single volume (juan 385-386) from the Tang dynasty publication Wen Ran Ying Hua, likely a Ming dynasty edition, with a fore-edge painting of The Presentation (of Christ) in the Temple, depicting the Christ child presented by Mary and Joseph in a temple, the scene painted in a traditional Chinese style and rendered in ink and color; each volume with a decorative cloth case.
9 3/4 x 6 1/8in (24.7 x 15.5cm) to 11 x 7 1/8in (28 x 18cm) dimensions of books

Footnotes

  • The tradition of fore-edge painting on books was originated in Europe and introduced to China by Dr. William Pettus in the early 20th century. Working with Chinese artists at Furen Catholic University in Peking, Dr. Pettus would neatly package the newly adorned older books in attractive cloth boxes such as the ones included in this lot, and sell them to raise funds for his mission through Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
    Lu Hongnian, the painter of the Landscape in Blue-green Style, graduated from Furen University in 1936, and was well known for his figure paintings as well as his wall murals. He was baptized into the Catholic church, and painted many biblical scenes in the traditional Chinese manner.
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