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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 November 2013: Lot 58 

Lot 58

Lot 58
Treasury 4, no. 485 (‘Rustic Delight in Mid-summer’)

Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a concave lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding flattened footrim; painted with a continuous landscape scene with a fisherman punting his boat near a river bank with trees, including a pine, and a country retreat, while a scholar holding a long staff and his boy attendant stroll beneath further trees, including two pines, towards the retreat, with distant waterfall and mountains, inscribed in draft script ‘Painted by Zhou Leyuan in the seventh month of the year gengyin’, with one seal of the artist, le, in negative seal script
Zhou Leyuan, The Studio of Lotus-root Fragrance, Xuannan, Beijing, seventh month, 1890
Height: 6.6 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.62/1.72 cm
Stopper: coral; turquoise finial; turquoise collar

Paula J. Hallett
Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1992)

Treasury 4, no. 485

Christie's, London, 1999 

By 1890 Zhou has refined his landscape style to a point of subtle perfection, and this bottle, in studio condition and looking as if it had never been used, epitomizes this later style. Apart from the more complex compositions, with less left-over space and more detail, there are two key features of the later style. The pines and other trees now fill the foreground on a larger scale than on most of his earlier landscape paintings, even the more complex ones, but have not yet taken over as the main subject; and the distant hills are much more subtly shaded, with a multitude of small, paler hillocks defined by pale shades of ink making up the slopes of the peaks. These are usually backed by blue, more distant peaks, as here.


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