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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 November 2013: Lot 67 

Lot 67

Lot 67
Treasury 4, no. 560 (‘Dwelling by the Lakeside’)

Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a concave lip and protruding flat foot; painted with a continuous lakeside scene with a foreground shoreline with trees, including a pine, and two scholars standing chatting near a country residence, while two more sit chatting in the front of a boat on the water beyond, the distant rocky shore with a scholar sitting in the window of a residence built on stilts at the water’s edge, with distant mountains beyond, inscribed in draft script ‘[Executed] in the third month of the year jiachen by Erzhong, [alias Shang] yu, for the judgment of the honourable elder brother Hanxi’, with one seal of the artist, Erzhong, in negative seal script
Ding Erzhong, Nanjing, third month, 1904
Height: 7.01 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.63/1.8 cm
Stopper: coral; gilt-bronze collar

Robert Kleiner (1990)

Robert Kleiner 1989, no. 79, with enlarged details on the cover, front and back.
Arts of Asia, September–October 1990, p. 58
JICSBS, Autumn 1990, inside back cover
Oriental Art, Spring 1994, p. 37
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 304
Kleiner 1995, no. 395
Treasury 4, no. 560

Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
British Museum, London, June–November 1995
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

The brushwork, the colouring, the texturing, and the balance between figures, trees and rocks, and the dwellings that are overshadowed by them, are all exquisitely achieved here. It is the mark of a great work of art that it would be difficult to either add or remove anything without compromising the perfect balance achieved by the artist. The landscape also appears to reflect personal observation of the Jiangnan region.

Although the glass bottle appears to be more like those from Beijing, it is not. It is broader than the standard Beijing glass bottles, duller, and with a completely atypical foot where no attempt has been made to recess it. It is a simple, protruding flat foot. It might have been a response to Ding requesting his local Nanjing glassmaker to produce a bottle somewhat like the Beijing shapes he was so used to painting inside.


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