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photographer E-Yaji.
The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 November 2013: Lot 155 

Lot 155

Lot 155
Treasury 4, no. 619 (‘A Little Auspicious Symbolism’)
HK$17,500

Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; painted on one main side with two scholars seated in conversation and a third one on his own in adjacent open thatched pavilions built on stilts in the shallow waters of a river, beneath a hillock growing with trees, a waterfall visible in the distance, the other main side with three katydids on a convoluted rock formation with flowers beyond, signed in draft script Yutian, with one seal of the artist, Yutian, in negative seal script
Yan Yutian, Chongwen district, Beijing, 1898–1918
Height: 4.5 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.42/1.2 cm
Stopper: carnelian; vinyl collar

Provenance:
Robert Hall (1989)

Published:
Treasury 4, no. 619

Exhibited: 
Christie's, London, 1999 

The landscape side here is an unusual subject for Yan, placing several scholars in a series of pavilions built on stilts in a river, but it is otherwise composed of standard elements of his landscape style. We believe Yan Yutian has artistic qualities that have not been duly appreciated in the past. Like Gui Xianggu, he was obviously very much his own artist and evolved a powerful and individualistic style that was in debt to no other painter. That in itself is somewhat of a rarity from the Beijing school of Zhou Leyuan, where borrowing not only of subject matter but of style was rife among many of his followers.

 

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