08 septembre 2018

Two blue and white 'Bird' seal paste boxes and covers, Republic period, by Wang Bu

Two blue and white 'Bird' seal paste boxes and covers, Republic period, by Wang Bu

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Lot 119. Two blue and white 'Bird' seal paste boxes and covers, Republic period, by Wang Bu. Diameter 2 7/8  in., 7.5 cmEstimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 325,000 USD. © Sotheby's.

both of compressed circular form and similarly decorated, each meticulously painted in varying tones of underglaze blue, the first with a bird perching on rockwork, the box with two fish swimming among waterweed; the second with a bird fluttering amid grasses, the box with a detached flower spray, both with the artist's studio mark inscribed to the base reading yuanwen wuguo zhizhai ('the Studio of Recognizing My Mistakes') (4).

Provenance: Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978). 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 12 sept. 2018, 10:30 AM


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