Lot 546. A very fine blue and white 'Prunus and Birds' vase, two seals zhuxi and Wang Bu, seal mark to base Yuan Wen Wu Guo zhi Zhai. H. 33,7 cm. Estimate 30.000/50.000 €. Lot sold 870.000 €. Courtesy Nagel
Provenance: Property from an Austrian private collection, bought prior 1990.
Wang Bu (1895-1968), born in the Jiangxi provence, is also known by the names of Zhuxi, Zhuxi Daoren, Renyuan, Taoqing Laoren, and by his studio name of Yuan Wen Wu Guo zhi Zhai. At a young age, he joined the Hexing Ci Zhuang in Jingdezhen and began learning porcelain painting techniques in underglaze blue and white. His innovative skill of using Chinese brush drawing on blue and white porcelain earned him the title of 'Master of Blue and White' of modern Chinese porcelain painting.