A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933
Lot 8354
A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo
Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933
Sold for US$ 118,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933 A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933 A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933 A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933 A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933 A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933 A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933 A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933 A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933
Property from a Private Collection of Fine Republic Era Porcelain
A porcelain plaque depicting Li Bo
Wang Dafan, dated by inscription to 1933
The Tang dynasty poet amusingly depicted attired in wrinkled but intricately rendered purple robes recumbent upon a wooded slope, his right elbow propped on a now empty overturned wine jug, his slightly vacant stare not quite able to focus on the empty cup and ewer just outside his grasp.
9 3/4 x 15 1/4in (24.8 x 38.8cm) dimensions of plaque
16 3/4 x 23 3/4in (42.5 x 80.5cm) dimensions of frame

Footnotes

  • According to Tie Yuan and Xi Ming in their Minguo Ciqi Jianding: Wenshi Kuanshi Banwei, Bejing, 2004, due to both his longevity and his superlative skills, the influence of Wang Dafan (1886-1961) on the artistry of Jingdezhen was 'immense' ('zhi ju') (p. 13). Tie and Xi go on to contrast the 'intricate and precise, and uncannily real' ('guiju yanjin, renwu zaoxing shentai bizhen') work of Wang Dafan's against the comparatively more impressionistic style of Wang Qi (p. 32).

    Indeed, when one undertakes a careful comparison of the present lot with many of the Wang Dafan pieces published as part of the Muwen Tang collection, all share disarming stares and marvelously intricate and careful touches: for example, compare the similarity of the fine brush work around the collars of robes and the carefully tousled wrinkles to hats. (Kwan, Simon Chinese Porcelain of the Republican Period: the Muwen Tang Collection Series Volume 6, Hong Kong, 2008, pp. 190-195, 198-199, examples 66, 67, 68, and 70).

    However, one important discrepancy with those published examples lies in the notably pinker hue of the Tang poet's face in the present lot. Here Wang has perhaps picked a slightly unusual skin tone to realistically depict the flush redness that would naturally affect the drunken author of the immortal lines: Hua jian yi hu jiu, du zhuo wu xiang qin ('Amongst the flowers a jug of wine, alone I imbibe with no companion').

    For a larger example of a figural porcelain plaque by Wang Dafan at auction, see lot 598 offered in our New Bond Street Showrooms 10 November 2011. Or see lot 3279 from Christies Hong Kong, sale 2832, 1 December 2010.
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