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2012 ANTIQUES: CHINESE ARTS AUCTION RECORDS 2011.1.1-2011.12.31: (PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY)
2012 Gudong Paimai Nianjian: Shuhua 2012 拍賣年鑒 : 書畫.

Aiko Gyoso (Maekawa Bunzo comp.):
- KAIGAI IBUN
(Strange Information from Overseas) 海外异聞.

Akisato Rito:
- SHINSEN NIWATSUKURI DEN: TSUKIYAMA SANSHUI ISHIGUMI SONOO YAEGAKI
(Newly Compiled Account of the Creation of Gardens) 新撰庭作傳 。 秋里大人 原著.

ANYUE SHIKU YUANJUEDONG BAOHU YANJIU
Conservation and Research for Yuanjuedong of Anyue Grottos 安岳石窟圓覺洞保護研究.

Arce, Dr. Jose; drawings by Schiff:
- DE BUENOS AIRES A SHANGHAI

Argence, Rene-Yvon Lefebvre d':
- CHINESE JADES IN THE AVERY BRUNDAGE COLLECTION

ARS ORIENTALIS VOLUME 34

Art Institute of Chicago; Wang Tao ed:
- MIRRORING CHINA'S PAST

Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, Beijing University:
- QUANLI YU XINYANG: LIANGZHU YIZHI QUN KAOGU TEZHAN
Power in Things: New Perspectives on Liangzhu (Special Exhibition of Archaeological Finds From the Liangzhu Site) 權力與信仰 : 良渚遺址群考古特展.

AUSPICIOUS ORNAMENTAL JADES
A Wanyu Shanfang Collection of Qing Jades


HU0JS1
Hu Zhengyan: JUCHIKUSAI SHOGA FU. (Japanese Edition of the Shizhuzhai Shuhua Pu - The Painting Album from the Ten Bamboo Studio). 十竹齋書畫譜 。 胡正言 摹古 。 支那本翻刻. Osaka, 1879. Various paginations of folded leaves, 8 sections in 16 fascicles. 17 illustrations in vols. 1 & 2; 37 in vols. 3 & 4; 26 in vols. 5 & 6; 20 in vols. 7 & 8, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14; and 18 in vols. 15 & 16. 16 vols. 25x15 cm. Butterfly bindings, cloth case.
GBP 5,000.00
Japanese version of the 1817 edition of the Shizhuzhai Shuhua Pu. Printed in Osaka and dated Meiji 12 1879; reproduced and somewhat 'tidied up' in this rendition. There is a printed seal on the cover page indicating that the book has been recut (honkoku, Chinese: fanke) based on a Chinese edition (Shinahon honkoku).
  This is an early impression from the newly recut blocks. It has very good colour and is in near fine condition, with excellent impressions and registration.
  The collation of editions of the highly-influential Shizhuzhai Shuhua Pu is extraordinarily difficult. Every edition used different sequences and numbers of plates included. The illustrations are arranged in eight sections, here each section with a first and second fascicle - Shuhua (exemplars of painting and calligraphy), Mohua (ink flowers), Guopu (fruit manual), Lingmaopu (bird manual), Lanpu (orchid manual), Zhupu (bamboo manual), Meipu (plum manual), Shipu (stones manual). The illustrations are Hu's designs but, in many cases, they are based on works by famous early masters. Flowers and fruit predominate, along with beautiful multiblock prints of birds, epidendra, bamboo and 'strange stones' (qishi). The illustrations are matched with a text or poem on an adjacent opening.
  This Japanese edition of the Shizhuzhai Shuhua Pu, dated Meiji 12, is interesting for its effort to capture the delicate colours and quiet beauty of 'Chinese style' as seen by Japanese eyes. It is testament to the ongoing veneration fo Chinese culture in Japan. To our mind, given its time of production and publication, it shows how the recently-opened and newly-invigorated Japan was starting to pull ahead of the Chinese. Whilst the two contemporaneous Chinese editions are worthy (if somewhat slavish) copies of the 1817 edition, it is this Japanese edition that has a greater spirit and delicacy.
  From a bibliographic point of view, given the complex publishing history of the Shizhuzhai, this Japanese edition is perhaps the last meaningful publishing initiative. As mentioned above, the Chinese editions published at the same time are worthy but somewhat unimaginative and unspirited and there was no edition of real note published thereafter.
  This set retains a traditional 'butterfly' binding, with folded leaves gathered, glued and wrapped at the folds allowing the image to be fully opened but leaving the edges of the leaves loose. Each volume retains its printed titles slip. The original cloth case is somewhat worn with loss of toggles and its title slip has worn with loss. The very occasional loose page within. The whole is in remarkably good condition: a lovely set, beautifully done and testament to the esteem in which this work was held.
  Now very rare.
Subjects: Illustrated Books Rare Books
Item 24 in List 209.
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