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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 November 2013: Lot 13 

Lot 13

Lot 13
Treasury 4, no. 536 (‘Yu Shuyun’s Masterpiece’)

Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a concave lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim; painted on one main side with a pine tree, with lingzhi growing at its base and one crane standing on its trunk, another flying down toward it and a rock formation beyond, the other main side with a landscape with an open pavilion on a plateau by an expanse of water, with trees behind, the far shore with a series of mountain peaks receding into the distance, inscribed in a slightly cursive regular script ‘Executed by Yu Shuyun for the correction of Xisan, an honourable senior acquaintance’, with two seals of the artist, Shu, preceding the inscription in positive seal script and yun, following it in negative seal script
Yu Shuyun, 1893–1895
Height: 6.45 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.55/1.59 cm
Stopper: glass; vinyl collar

Robert Kleiner (1992)

Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 308
Treasury 4, no. 536

Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995

Christie's, London, 1999

This lovely little landscape is without doubt Yu Shuyun’s finest painting. It is a beautifully balanced composition, well executed and with a lovely command of ink tones. Even the brushwork is far better than is found on any of his other works. The cranes and pines have much more of a folk-art feeling to them than the landscape of the other side, but the execution is charmingly suited to the image and the composition is delightful. The two cranes are painted in a distinctive, individual style that is Yu Shuyun’s alone and owes no debt to the similar subjects so often painted by Zhou Leyuan in his later years and of which Yu must have been aware.

Yu Shuyun’s dated works are between 1893 and 1895, a short career, even by the standards of so many of the artists of the Beijing school, many of whom painted for only about a decade, but it is possible that his undated works may precede or post-date this span of time. For other bottles by him, see the commentary to this bottle in volume 4 of the printed Bloch catalogue.


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