The September 15, 2015 auction at Sotheby's entitled "Monochrome"
contains many fine works from various media.
according to Sotheby's, "is an innovative concept sale.
formed by nature or produced by man, the subtle tonalities of
monochromatic art have long been celebrated within traditional Chinese
aesthetics and have since inspired generations of international
artists, collectors and aesthetes," it maintained, adding that the
auction "will feature both traditional and modern Chinese works united
in their shared aesthetic of clean lines and subtle variations in
it continued," will focus on the purity of color and silhouette in
Chinese art and will represent works produced in various media,
spanning China’s dynastic history through to the present day.
Lot 43, for example,
is a very large and impressive horizontal limestone "scholar's rock."
It is 42 inches long. It has an estimate of $10,000
to $15,000. It
sold for $12,500.
Lot 44, "The
Rock Remembers," ink on paper, by Liu Dan, 15 1/2 by 14 inches, 2003
44 is an ink on paper entitled "The Rock Remembers" by Liu Dan (b.
1953). It was created in 2003 and measures 15 1/2 by 14
inches. It has an estimate of $80,000 to $100,000. It sold for $100,000.
Lingbi Scholar's Rock, Qing Dynasty, 21 5/8 inches high
62 is an impressive black Lingbi scholar's rock from the Qing Dynasty.
It is 21 5/8 inches wide. It is shaped in the form
of a peaked mountain landscape with many crevices. It has an
estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. It sold for $30,0000.
Celadon vase, Yongzhemg seal mark and period, 11 inches high
7 is a hexagonal celadon-glazed vase, Youngzheng seal mark and period.
It is 11 inches high. It has a slightly everted
mouthtrim, a pair of tubular lug handles and two thin raised fillets.
It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. It sold for $706,000.
Chilong brushpot, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, 7 1/4 inches high
Lot 77 is a
handsome incised celadon-glased Chilong brushpot from the Qing Dynasty,
Kangxi Period. It is 7 1/4 inches high. It has an
estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $65,000.
Lot 26, a
malachite vase, Qing Dynasty, 9 3/4 inches high
26 is a hollowed-out malachite vase from the Qing Dynasty. It
is 9 3/4 inches high and is from the Richard Rosenblum Collection and
was used either as a brushpot or a flower vase. It has an
estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
It sold for $21,250.
Carved Yaozhou bowl, Northern Song Dynasty, 7 1/4 inches in diameter
60 is a lovely carved Yaozhou bowl from the Northern Song Dynasty.
It is 7 1/4 inches in diameter and has a central medallion
with a duck swimming against stylized waves. It has an
estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It failed to sell.
Qingbai "Chilong" bowl, Song Dynasty, 8 1/2 inches in diameter
Lot 52 is a nice
Qingbai "Chilong" bowl from the Song Dynasty. It is 8 1/2
inches in diameter. It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It sold for $17,500.
Lot 2, "Jun"
numbered flower pot, Ming Dynasty, 15th Century, 8 1/2 inches in
Lot 2 is a large and rare
jun, a numbered flower pot from the Ming Dynasty, 15th Century.
It is 8 1/.2 inches in disameter. It was exbibited
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1921. It has
an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 3, "Two
Poems by Su Shu" by Qiu Zhijie, ink on paper, two hanging scrolls, 26
1/4 inches square each
Lot 3 is a very
picturesque calligraphic work by Qiu Zhijie (b. 1969) entitled "Two
poems by Su Shi. It consists of two hanging scrolls, each 26
1/4 inches square.
Lot 19, "Zen
painting," by Lu Shoukun, ink and color on paper, 59 1/16 by 32 1/4
19 is a fine, large ink and color on paper by Lu Shoukun (1919-1975)
entitled "Zen painting." It measures 59 1/16 by 32 1/4 inches
and was created in 1972. The catalogue notes that the artist
is "recognized as the pioneer of modern ink painting in and is one of
the most important figures to have worked outside of China in the 20th
Century. It has an estimate of $40,000 to$60,000. It sold for $50,000.
"Bamboo," by Lu Shoukun, ink on paper, 37 by 17 5/16 inches
impressive ink on paper by Lu Shoukun is Lot 84, "Bamboo."
It measures 37 by 17 5/16 inches. It has an
estimate of $35,000 to
failed to sell.
50, "Rising Sun," by Lu Shoukun, ink and color on paper, 37 3/8 by 17
Lot 50 is an
another bold work by Lu Shoukun, entitled "Rising Sun." An
ink and color on paper, it measures 37 3/8 by 17 3/4 inches.
It has an estimate of $45,000 to $55,000. It failed to sell.
"Couplet," ink on paper, by Fung Ming Chip,71 1/2 by 36 7/8 inches
Lot 9 is a
strong and impressive ink on paper by Fung Ming Chip (b. 1951).
It measures 71 1/2 by 36 7/8 inches.
The catalogue provides the following commentary:
"One of the defining characteristics of Fung's calligraphic art is his
use of water: he writes each character using only water and immediately
applies another layer of black ink that is repelled by the wet
paper. This wet on wet layering produces a
distinctive composition style for his calligraphy and reveals unusual
properties of the ink medium itself."
The lot has an estiamte of $25,000 to $35,000. It sold for $22,500.
"Yellow mountains 1," by Zeng Xiaojun," ink on paper, 45 1/2 by 74 1/2
Lot 63, "Yellow
Mountains 1,": is a large ink on paper by Zeng Xiaojun (b. 1964).
It measures 45 1/2 by 74 1/2 inches. It has an
estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $118,750.
"Pseudo Character Landscape Wind Series, Fengbao," by Gu Wenda, ink on
paper, 75 1/4 by 69 7/8 inches
Lot 16 is a
large ink on paper by Gu Wenda (b. 1955) entitled "Pseudo Character
Landscape Wind Series, Fengbao." It measures 75 1/4 by 69 6/8
inches. The catalogue notes that "according to the artist,
the genesis of the pseudo character can be credited to a slip of the
knife while carving a seal, resulting in a false character."
The lot has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It failed to sell.
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