Attributed to Wang Bu (1898-1968): four blue and white porcelain plaques

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 6376
Attributed to Wang Bu (1898-1968): four blue and white porcelain plaques

Sold for US$ 88,500 inc. premium
Property of another owner
Attributed to Wang Bu (1898-1968): four blue and white porcelain plaques
All framed, depicting characters from the novel Honglou Meng, the first the Buddhist monk; the second portraying a Daoist with his gourd and a bunch of herbs slung across his back; the third portraying another Daoist standing beside a crane as he divines the future by counting with his fingers; the fourth depicting Wang Xifeng reclining against a low table; each figure executed in varying tones of blue, with fluid strokes and fine detail against a plain ground, each panel with an inscription in seal script either of a verse taken from the novel, or a verse describing the charceter from the novel, with two seals reading Wang Bu zao and Baoshu fang gu.
10 x 15 1/2in (25.5 x 39.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Note: Wang Bu's father Wang Xiuqing, was a blue and white porcelain painter during the reigns of Tongzhi and Guangxu of the Qing dynasty. It was common for children to follow in their father's footsteps, and at the age of 9, Wang Bu was apprenticed to Xu Yousheng, an artisan in blue and white porcelain painting at Jingdezhen. He completed his apprenticeship in 1912. After the closure of the imperial workshops at Jingdezhen, Wang Bu made a living painting bird feeders, before he was hired by the famous ceramic artist Wu Aisheng to make reproductions of Ming and Qing porcelains. This laid the foundation for his later innovation.

    From the time Wang Bu arrived at Jingdezhen in 1907, till his death in 1968, he created numerous ceramic art works with underglaze and overglaze enamels, paste-on-paste carving, and incised decoration. However, it was his work in underglaze blue and white decoration, that earned him, in his later years, the title of qinghua dawang (the king of blue and white).
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins and Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Wine & Whisky

27.5% on the first $3,000 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $3,000 up to and including $400,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of $400,000 up to and including $4,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of $4,000,000.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.