T he sale from this season presents over a hundred lots of exceptional works, among which the majestic handscroll of Thousand Miles of Mountains and Rivers by Lan Ying stands out as an exemplar. Also remarkable from the calligraphy section are rare handscrolls by Wen Jia and Wen Peng, also a rubbing album of the Stele of Shi Chen. Other highlights from private collections include a magnificent four-panel screen Landscape by Gong Xian from the Tsao Family Collection, Landscape and Birds and Flowers by Bada Shanren from a private Northern American collection, Various Subjects by Xu Wei from a private Hong Kong collection, as well as various Qing imperial manuscripts from an important private Asian collection.
Lan Ying (1585–1664) was one of the most prominent and influential painters in the late-Ming dynasty. He conjures up the vast expanse of misty mountains within a handscroll measuring 12 meters in length. By the time he completed the painting, it was already the eighth year of the reign of the Shunzhi Emperor in the Qing dynasty. The country had undergone dramatic change, prompting Lan Ying to express his melancholic emotions as he revisited this painting. Delicately painted long handscrolls of a grand landscape in the manner of Huang Gongwang, such as this one, are especially rare among museum collections and art markets.
藍瑛 Lan Ying
《江山千里圖》 Thousand Miles of Mountains and Rivers
Estimate: 15,000,000 - 20,000,000 HKD
Tsao Jung Ying (1929-2011) relocated to many parts of China throughout his life. In 1949, he moved to Taiwan and studied law. Practising art with his teachers and peer was a favourite past time, and he frequently visited the Palace Museum in Taipei, which introduced the idea of collecting painting and calligraphy. In 1963, he moved to the United States to continue his practice of law, whilst studying the art and connoisseurship of Chinese painting and calligraphy. He devoted more than six decades to the promotion and develop of Chinese art and culture. His collection included hundreds of painting and calligraphy works from late Ming dynasty to the 20th century, encompassing a broad spectrum of artistic styles, demonstrating a systematic quality with art historian’s vision, making him one of the most important collectors of Chinese painting and calligraphy in America.
弘曆 (乾隆帝) Emperor Qianlong
《皇家樓閣詩詠》Manuscripts of Royal Palaces
Estimate: 2,000,000 - 3,000,000 HKD