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AN IMPRESSED GOURD ‘LANDSCAPE’ CRICKET CAGE
BY CHEN JINTANG
REPUBLICAN PERIOD, DATED TO 1928
Lot. Vendu 187,500 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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135
AN IMPRESSED GOURD ‘LANDSCAPE’ CRICKET CAGE
BY CHEN JINTANG
REPUBLICAN PERIOD, DATED TO 1928
Lot. Vendu 187,500 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Scholarly Art III

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AN IMPRESSED GOURD ‘LANDSCAPE’ CRICKET CAGE
BY CHEN JINTANG
REPUBLICAN PERIOD, DATED TO 1928
the gourd patinated to a golden yellow tone, of globular form with a waisted neck and flared mouth mounted with an ivory mouthrim, the exterior impressed with a mountainous landscape with a meandering river, small bridge, mature pine trees, other trees and bamboo, along the riverbank two scholars, one seated take in the scenery, while a third figure fishes from a small skiff in the water, inscribed in running script Wuchen xia liuyu zhongwan Jintang zuo, shi nian qishi you wu (‘made by Jintang at the age of seventy-five in summer, the middle of the sixth month of the wuchen year’, corresponding to 1928), followed by one seal reading Chen, the domed reticulated tortoiseshell cover carved with a katydid, pine tree, and a pea-vine growing with pods encircled by an ivory rim
13.3 cm., 5 1/4  in.
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Bibliographie

Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, ‘Chinese Decorated Gourds’, International Asian Antiques Fair, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1983, p. 73, no. 33.

Description

The present finely impressed and fashioned gourd cricket cage bears the signature of Chen Jintang who is described in Wang Xixiang, The Charms of the Gourd, Hong Kong, 1993, pp. 97-8, as one of the finest gourd impressers active during the 1920s and 30s. Chen was a native of Tianjin and was a brilliant man with a wide variety of abilities. He excelled in the arts of gourd-impressing and heat-engraving, earning the nickname Chen neng’gen’er or ‘Chen the Capable’. This cricket cage is amongst the best examples by him, possibly made during the height of his career. The impression of the landscape is meticulously detailed and painterly, with his pine trees especially naturalistic. See a cricket cage impressed by Chen with the design of an osmanthus pond, included ibid., pl. 150, in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; four other examples bearing Chen’s signature illustrated in Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, op.cit., pls. 32-36, together with a carved gourd snuff bottle attributed to him, pl. 36; and one in this catalogue, lot 152.

Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Scholarly Art III

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Hong Kong