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A PAIR OF INSCRIBED SILVER-INLAID ZITAN SCROLL WEIGHTS
CALLIGRAPHY BY LUO FUKAN (1873-1954)
REPUBLICAN PERIOD, DATED TO 1941
Estimation
12 00018 000
Lot. Vendu 137,500 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT
129
A PAIR OF INSCRIBED SILVER-INLAID ZITAN SCROLL WEIGHTS
CALLIGRAPHY BY LUO FUKAN (1873-1954)
REPUBLICAN PERIOD, DATED TO 1941
Estimation
12 00018 000
Lot. Vendu 137,500 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Scholarly Art III

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A PAIR OF INSCRIBED SILVER-INLAID ZITAN SCROLL WEIGHTS
CALLIGRAPHY BY LUO FUKAN (1873-1954)
REPUBLICAN PERIOD, DATED TO 1941
each of slender rectangular form with the curved upper side inscribed in cursive script with two poetic verses, all framed within a silver-inlaid key-fret border, the characters on the pair of weights reading zhi feng qu ya gong mike, hainiu ya lian xie yingo (‘Little bees rush to the government office to offer their honey-taxes, ‘sea cows’ hold down the curtain as if writing calligraphy’), both followed by the notations picked out in cinnabar, one reading ju Huang Peiweng ju (‘Proposing lines by Huang Peiweng’), the other xinsi eryue Fukan shu (‘written by Fukan in the second month of the xinsi year’, corresponding to 1941), with the seal Fukan on the left, the wood of a warm brown tone with a smooth patina
25 cm., 10 in.
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Provenance

Collection of Mary and George Bloch.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 23rd October 2005, lot 143.

Description

The inscription on this pair of scroll weights is by the scholar, artist and official Luo Fukan (1873-1954), who was a native of Shunde in Guangdong province. He was a disciple of Kang Youwei (1858-1927), the famous political reformer and nationalist. Luo himself held a number of government posts in Beijing during the late Qing and early Republican periods. He especially excelled in calligraphy, with his works highly sought after by collectors and artists at the time. For example, see a calligraphy by Luo dedicated to the famous painter Jin Cheng (1878-1926) and dated to the guihai year (corresponding to 1923), also bearing a collector’s seal of Jin, sold in these rooms, 5th October 2010, lot 958.

The two scroll weights are inscribed with two lines from Huang Tingjian’s (1045-1105) poems, one from the Yan ya ('Elaborations on the Erya Dictionary') ascribed to 1083, and the other from a poem written in 1086 about sending scroll weights to a relative.

Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Scholarly Art III

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Hong Kong