Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615

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Lot 238
Li Shida (1550-1620)
Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615

Sold for US$ 43,825 inc. premium
Li Shida (1550-1620)
Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Ink and color on paper, hanging scroll, inscribed with verse in clerical script and dated Wanli yimao, signed Li Shida, with two artist's seals Li Shida yin and Tongfu, with seven collectors' seals on the painting, Cao Zhongying yin, Zhiqin shending, Bohai Xu shi jianshang shuhua yin, Gao Shiqi tushu ji, Pang Zhige taocang yin, shiweng jingyan, Shenan Hangfu Cao shi Guoyunlou jiangcang jinshi shuhua yin, additional collector's seals on the mounting, Zidezhai Futian Mao suocang yin (2), and with a titleslip mounted next to the painting signed Cai Youshi, followed by one seal reading Cai Youshi pingsheng zhenshang; with a wooden box, bearing an inscription on paper attached to the inside of the cover, reading Li Shida laosong zhulin tu and a seal Zidezhai Futian Mao suocang yin, the same seal appearing on the two ends of the wooden box cover.
54 1/2 x 18 3/4in (138.5 x 47.5cm)

Footnotes

  • 李士達 松竹人物 設色紙本 立軸 一六一五年作

    Provenance
    Far East Fine Arts, San Francisco, California
    Christie's, New York, Fine Chinese Paintings, 1 December 1986, lot 44

    來源
    舊金山遠東藝術畫廊
    紐約佳士得,1986年12月1日,拍品編號44


    The Suzhou artist Li Shida passed the jinshi examinations in the second year of the reign of the Wanli Emperor (1574). On the painting, the artist's inscription in clerical script records the words of the Tang dynasty poet Wang Wei: "Asking the age of the pine/ Bamboo forests are everywhere", and reinforces the artist's erudition. Li Shida did not begin painting until late in life, with his earliest dated painting recorded at 1601. In his later years he lived on a promontory at Shihu in Suzhou. A similar late work in the collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor titled "The Hermit Tao Yuanming Enjoying Chrysanthemums" (1619) compares favorably with the present lot.

    The numerous collector's seals on the painting and accompanying mount point to the fact that the painting was a treasured possession of a number of prominent collectors over the centuries. One of the earliest collectors' seals on the painting ties the work to the collection of the famed collector and connoisseur Gao Shiqi (高士奇, 1645-1703). Another seal on the painting--Pang Zhige taocang yin--indicates the painting was likely in the collection of Pang Zeluan (龐澤鑾, 1868-1916, courtesy name Zhige 芝閣). Pang Zeluan was an avid collector and connoisseur of epigraphic calligraphy. Two other seals, Zhiqing and Bohai Xu shi jianshang shuhua yin, belong to the painting and calligraphy collector Xu Zhiqing (許質卿). The title slip on the mounting, on which signed Cai Youshi, was written by Cai Shisong (蔡世松, ?-1843), a native of Nanjing, known for his calligraphy, published Moyuantang cangzhen.
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Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
Li Shida (1550-1620) Scholar with Attendant under a Pine Tree, 1615
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