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PU RU (1896-1963)
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PU RU (1896-1963)

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Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper, inscribed by the artist and signed Xinyu, with four artist's seals.
27 x 9 1/2in (68.5 x 24cm)


溥儒(1896-1963) 棹舟訪友 設色紙本 立軸


The Xiangxue Zhuang Collection, Dr. Tan Tsze Chor (Chen Zhichu, 1909-1972)
China Guardian, Beijing, 15 May 2004, lot 148
Poly International Auction, Beijing, 3 June 2012, lot 2616


The present lot was formerly part of the Xiangxue Zhuang (Manor of Fragrant Snow) Collection belonging to the Singapore-based collector Dr. Tan Tsze Chor. Dr. Tan Tsze Chor was a Cantonese descendant born in Singapore. He received education in China during 1913-1924 and started his business in Singapore selling local produce such as pepper and rubber in the 1930s. With his business expanding to America and Europe, he became known as the "Pepper King." During his leisure time, Dr. Tan indulged his passion for art by forming a collection and hosting gatherings for esteemed Chinese artists such as Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) and Chen Wenxi (1906-1991) in his residence.

The Xiangxue Zhuang Collection features an array of Chinese paintings dating from the 19th to the 20th century, along with early paintings, ceramics and seals. It stands as the pioneering and significant Chinese art collection assembled during the 1930s-1990s in Southeast Asia, housing around 700 artworks at its zenith. Over 100 works from this collection joined the permanent collection of the Asian Civilisations Museum and an exhibition, "Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr. Tan Tsze Chor" showcased highlights 8 November 2019-22 March 2020.



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