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Spotlight on Sotheby’s: Ancient Chinese Calligraphy {Video}

August 27th, 2014 | by Michelle

Video / Sotheby’s 

Watch a Sotheby’s expert unfurl a classical Chinese scroll and discover the lines and marks that make each scroll unique. This scroll will be offered, among other works of calligraphy and paintings both classic and contemporary, at the Sept. 18 sale of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy in New York.

Here’s an overview of the sale, via Sotheby’s:

After the successful sale in March, Classical Chinese Paintings in New York has once more selected a group of paintings and calligraphy from private collections around the world for the upcoming auctions in September.

Offered in the main sale Sept. 18 are calligraphy masterpieces respectively by Wang Shouren, Xie Jin, Wen Zhengming and Ni Yuanlu. These works represent the individual styles of the Ming masters. The cursive-styled calligraphy by Xie Jin is unique in combining calligraphy and painting techniques. Written at the age of 86six, Wen Zhengming’s small-character handscroll presents a poem composed by himself in the early years.

Classical paintings include “Bamboo and Rock” by Zheng Xie, “Wait for a Boat in Autumn” by Tang Yin, “Figures” by Chen Hongshou, “Portrait of Hanshan” by Luo Pin, “Autumn Scene” by Wu Li, “Flowers” by Li Fangying and “Landscape” by Li Shan. Among all paintings, the large work by Zheng Xie is a remarkable piece rare to find in the market. Luo Pin’s work depicts Hanshanzi’s spiritual world, and comes directly from the renowned collector and connoisseur R. H. Ellsworth.  

As importantly, there are modern works by Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi. “The Landscape after Shixi” by Zhang Daqian is formerly in the collection of Zhang Qun, former governor of the Sichuan province in the Republic period. This is one of Zhang’s best works imitating the style of Shixi painted in his middle ages.

Immediately following the main Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale, at approximately 5pm on the 18th, there will also be a special auction of eight pieces formerly in the collection of General Zhu Shaoliang and Mrs. Zhu. Perhaps the most important work by Zhang Daqian in this sale is a portrait of Avalokitesvara in the style of murals in the Mogao caves, painted by Zhang during his stay in Dunhuang in the early 1940s. The painting depicts Avalokitesvara holding a crystal plate and a whisk. With rich color and dignified figure, this work absorbs the best quality of the Dunhuang art.

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Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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