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Fine Chinese & Japanese Paintings — 17th to 20th Centuries March 23rd, 2013, 7:00pm CST

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Fine Chinese & Japanese Paintings — 17th to 20th Centuries March 23rd, 2013 at 7:00pm CST Including Property From: -The estate of a Canadian diplomat to Japan (Lots 1-16) -The family of a distinguished gentleman and scholar of Asian Art. Acquired in the early to mid-20th century in China. (Lots 21-29, 32-33, 43-45) -A prominent Canadian attorney -A private collector from Chicago, Illinois -A private collector from San Francisco, California -A private collector from Toronto, Ontario -A private collector from Seattle, Washington -A private collector from Wilmette, Illinois -A private collector from Vancouver, British Columbia Palmer Hilton House Hotel, Wilson Room (3rd floor) 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL, 60603 Public Viewing Friday, March 22nd, 2-6PM Saturday, March 23rd, 2-6PM Auction Saturday, March 23rd, 7PM Please see page 28 for bidder information including Conditions of Sale.

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Front Cover: Lot 30


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LOT 1 Japanese Scroll Painting by Tani Buncho (1763-1841)

LOT 2 Japanese Scroll Painting by Tani Buncho (1763-1841)

LOT 4 Japanese Scroll Painting by Kano Korenobu (1753-1808)

Signed and sealed. Painting size: 71.7" x 18.2"

Ink on silk. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 80” x 21.5”

Estimate: $600-$900

Estimate: $400-$600

Ink and color on silk depicting Mt. Penglai, Horaison. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 74” x 20”

Born in 1763, Tani Buncho was a literati painter and poet. Like most bunjinga painters of his time, Buncho focused largely on Chinese-inspired landscapes. Since travel outside Japan was forbidden under the Tokugawa shogunate he was unable to study in China, however Buncho did spend many years in Nagasaki studying Chinese Art and Western Art. Watanabe Kazan and Takaku Aigai were among his disciples.

Kano Korenobu (1753-1808) was the son and pupil of Kano Michinobu and became the 7th generation head of the Kobikicho line of the Kano school. Like his father before him, he was the goyo eshi (official painter) at the shogunal court and received the honorary title of Hoin, (the Sign of the Law). His son, Kano Isen'in Naganobu, succeeded him in his position and titles.

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Estimate: $600-$900

LOT 3 Japanese Scroll Painting by Tosa Mitsubumi (1812-1879) Fine hanging scroll painting on silk of rising sun scenery motif. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 61” x 33.5” Tosa Mitsubumi was a Tosa school painter from the late Edo Period. He was the second son of Tosa Mitsuzane and the father of Tosa Mitsuaki. Estimate: $500-$800 3


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LOT 5 Japanese Scroll Painting by Kano Tsunenobu (1636-1713) Japanese Scroll Painting by Kano Tsunenobu. Ink and color on silk depicting Mt. Fuji. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 46.4” x 29.1” Estimate: $800-$1,200

Born in Kyoto in 1636, the eldest son of Kano Naonobu and the nephew of Kano Tanyu. After his father's death in 1650, he became head of the Kobikicho line of the Kano school and succeeded to the Kano estate at Kobikicho. Like his father and uncle before him, he was appointed the official court painter at the Sento Palace. In 1704 he was given rank of hogen (Eye of the Law) and later in 1709 he received the most coveted title of hoin, (Sign of the Law). In the same year, at order of the emperor, he painted the Kensho Shoji (portraits of Confucius, Mencius, and other sages) in the Shishinden of the Imperial Palace. Tsunenobu was the leading artist of the Kano school and brought the Kobikicho branch to a position of prominence. His paintings are eminently pleasant, charming in color and delicate in tone.

LOT 5A Kano Tsunenobu (1736-1813) Fine painting depicting a crane and bamboo attributed to Tsunenobu, dating to the late 17th century. Ink and color. Signed and sealed. Painting size: 40" x 13.6“ Estimate: $500-$1000

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LOT 6 Japanese Painting, signed Jozan (19th century)

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LOT 7 Japanese Painting, signed Fujiwara Naochika (19th century)

Ink on silk depicting a river landscape scene. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 77” x 24”

Ink on silk depicting Mt. Fuji. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 72” x 25”

Estimate: $500-$700

Estimate: $400-$600


LOT 8 Rare Japanese Scroll Painting by Kano Tanyu (1602-1674) Fine and Rare Japanese scroll painting by Kano Tanyu. Ink and color on silk depicting Mt. Fuji. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 48� x 26.5� Kano Tanyu (1602-1674), is the most celebrated artist from the long line of Kano school painters. The eldest son of Kano Takanobu and grandson of Kano Eitoku, his original given name was Morinobu. In 1617, Tanyu was appointed by the Tokugawa shogunate to become one of the shogunate's official artists. Over the following years, he was given many highly prestigious commissions. Over the 1620s and 1630s, he created a number of large-scale works for Edo castle, Nijo castle, Osaka castle, Nagoya castle, and Nikko Tosho-gu. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000

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LOT 9 Japanese Scroll Painting, signed Sano Tanseki (19th century) Ink and color on silk. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 80” x 18.7” Sano Tanseki was active in the Meiji Period, c. 1880 Estimate: $500-$800

LOT 10 Japanese Scroll Painting by Kishi Ganku (1749-1836) Ink and color on silk depicting Mt. Fuji and clouds. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 43” x 21.6” M A R C H

Kishi Ganku (1749-1836) was an illustrious painter of the late Edo period and founder of the Kishi school of painting. Born in Kanazawa, Ganku studied many painting styles including those of Chinese painter Shen Nanpin and the Maruyama school, and arrived in Kyoto around 1780. By the late 1700s, Ganku's paintings were appreciated by patrons that included the imperial family, leading to a position under Prince Arisugawa. His students included his son, Gantai (1782-1865), son-in-law Ganryou (17971852), adopted son Renzan (1804-59), Yokoyama Kazan (17841837), Shirai Kayou (fl. ca 1840-60), and Kawamura Bumpou (1779-1821). He was made honorary governor of Echizen (Echizen no kami) toward the end of his life. Estimate: $800-$1,200

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LOT 11 Japanese Scroll Painting by Kishi Renzan (1805-1859) Ink on paper depicting Mt. Fuji. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 48” x 25” He was born in Kyoto in 1805, studied under Kishi Ganku, and was adopted by Ganku to be his successor. From 1823, he worked for the Imperial House of Japan, Arisugawanomiya-Ke. His style of painting is noted for its mildness and gentleness. Kishi Chikudo and Koseno Shoseki were among his pupils. Estimate: $500-$700 6


LOT 12 Japanese Scroll Painting by Tosa Mitsusada (1738-1806) Ink on paper depicting Mt. Fuji. Signed by the artist with calligraphy and two seal marks. Painting size: 44” x 25” An artist of the Edo period he was the second son of Tosa Mitsuyoshi. He became Edokoro-Azukari (Chief of Edo Shognate Atelier) with his brother, Mitsusatsu. Estimate: $800-$1200

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LOT 13 Japanese Painting by Kawabata Gyokushu (1842-1913) Ink and color on silk depicting Mt Fuji. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 80” x 24” Born in 1842, Kawabata Gyokushu was active in the late Edo period and early Meiji. Estimate: $500-$700

LOT 14 Japanese Scroll Painting by Mizuta Chikuho (1883-1958) Ink and color on silk depicting Mt. Penglai, Horaison. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 61” x 18” Mizuta Chikuho (1883-1958) was born in Osaka and studied under Himesima Chikugai. He was known for his sansui and landscape paintings.

LOT 15 Japanese Painting by Hagino Jiro (late Meiji Period) Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with one seal. Painting size: 55.4” x 12.7” Estimate: $400-$600

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LOT 16 Japanese Painting Probably by Kozan Toei (Edo Period) Japanese Scroll Painting probably by Kozan Toei (Edo Period). Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 31” x 16.3” Toei has given a closely observed representation of a hawk perched on the branch of a pine tree, which in the best of Japanese design, rises to the right, leaves the picture plane and then re-enters from the right at the very top. Many Japanese artists of the Edo period created their works for powerful men — the wealthy and mighty nobility and samurai who ruled Japan. These men saw themselves in the hawk’s ruthless strength. Some samurai trained falcons as hunting birds or kept them as symbols of military might. They avidly collected paintings of hawks to decorate their homes and to remind their guests, retainers and even their families that they themselves should be treated with the fear and respect that they imagined plagued the prey of these strong predators. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500 8


LOT 16A Fine Japanese Painting by Tani Buncho (1763-1841) Fine landscape hanging scroll, ink on silk by Tani Bunch0. Inscribed "Copied at the Jade Cloud Mountain Hut while the clear winds were bringing the clouds". Signed with artist seal mark "Muni". Painting size: 60" x 34" Estimate: $3,500-$5,000

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LOT 17 Fine Japanese Scroll Painting (19th century) Fine Japanese scroll painting of a tiger, 19th century. Ink and color on silk. Inscribed “Emulated by Kikyo at Heian Shuchikurou”. Signed by the artist with three seal marks "Bunzo" and "Kikyosai". Painting size: 41” x 20” Estimate: $2,500-$4,000

LOT 18 Yokoyama Kazan (Japanese, 19th century) Fine Japanese scroll painting by Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837). Ink and color on silk. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Top seal (Ka), bottom seal (Zan). Painting size: 43” x 16” Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

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LOT 19 Scroll Painting Probably by Li Yuan Ren (Japan, c. 1800) Fine scroll painting probably by Li Yuan Ren. Ink and color on silk. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Top seal: Itshu, bottom seal: Genki Chen Yizhou (Qing dynasty, Daoguang Era) Nagasaki 1827 period. Painting size: 54” x 22.5” Estimate: $1,500-$3,000 9


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LOT 20 Chinese Painting, attributed to Shangguan Zhou (1665-1749) M A R C H

Very Fine Chinese Painting, attributed to Shangguan Zhou. Depicting a festive scene with scholars and servants amidst a vast landscape. Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 68� x 41.5�.

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Provenance: Zhenguan International Auction Company, Ltd. (Hong Kong), October 26th, 2003

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Estimate: $10,000-$15,000

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LOT 21 Signed Yao Yunzai (active 1603-1641), 19th century or earlier Chinese Scroll Painting, signed Yao Yunzai (active 1603-1641), 19th century or earlier. Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with five seal marks. Painting size: 51.5” x 24.5 “

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Estimate: $1,000-$3,000

LOT 22 (not pictured) Antique Chinese Painting, signed Li Zai (unknown-1431) Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 48” x 18” Li Zai (unknown-1431) was a Chinese painter of landscapes and human figures during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). His specific birth year is not known. Estimate: $1,000-$3,000

LOT 23 Signed Huang Gongwang (1269-1354), 19th century or earlier Chinese scroll painting signed Huang Gongwang (1269-1354), 19th century or earlier. Ink on paper. Inscribed and signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Also signed Wen Zhengming (1470–1559). Painting size: 48 “ x 23”. Huang Gongwang is regarded as one of the great literati painters of the Yuan dynasty and was the oldest of the “Four Great Masters of the Yuan". Wen Zhengming was a leading Ming dynasty painter, calligrapher, and scholar. Estimate: $1,000-$3,000

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LOT 24 Chinese Scroll Painting, signed Zhu Ang (925-1007) 19th century or earlier. Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 49” x 24” Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

LOT 25 Chinese Painting, signed Zhao Yuan, 19th century or earlier Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 50” x 24”. Zhao Yuan is a noted Chinese painter in the late Yuan and early Ming dynasty. His birth and death years are unknown. His painting style most closely resembled that of Wang Meng. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000 13


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LOT 26 (not pictured) Antique Chinese Painting, signed Zhou Chen (1460–1535) Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 52” x 25” Zhou Chen (1460–1535), also known as Chou Ch'en, was a famed Chinese painter active during the middle of the Ming dynasty.

LOT 27 Signed Wang Shimin (1592-1680), 19th century or earlier Ink and color on paper. Inscribed and signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 35” x 20” Wang Shimin (1592-1680) was a Chinese landscape painter during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). He is known as one of the Four Wangs, and one of the Six Masters of the early Qing period.

Estimate: $1,000-$3,000 Estimate: $2,000-$4,000

LOT 28 Signed Liu Songnian (1174–1224), 19th century or earlier Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 51” x 27”

Liu Songnian (1174–1224), was a Chinese figure and landscape painter during the early Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279). He was active from about 1190 and is considered one of the Four Masters of the Southern Song dynasty. He studied and worked at the Imperial Academy of Painting in Hangzhou, capital of the Southern Song dynasty. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

LOT 29 Signed Wang Chengpei (?-1805), Qing Dynasty Ink on paper. Inscribed and signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 49” x 25” Estimate: $1,000-$3,000 14


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LOT 30 Fine Chinese Painting, attributed to Yun Shouping 1633-1690 19th century or earlier. Ink and color on silk. Inscribed and signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 38” x 18.5” Yun Shouping, also known as Nantian (1633-1690), was a major artist of the early Chinese Qing dynasty. He was regarded as one of the "Six Masters" of the early Qing period, together with the Four Wangs and Wú Lì. Provenance: Acquired in Shanghai, China in the late 19th century thence by descent in the family. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000 15


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LOT 31 (not pictured) Chinese Leaf Painting, Anonymous, Qing Dynasty Qing dynasty painting, anonymous artist. Ink and color on linen, round leaf, with seal marks. Painting size: 13” x 13”

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Estimate: $2,000-$4,000 LOT 32 (not pictured) Antique Chinese Painting, after Dai Jin (1388-1462) Ink on paper. Inscribed and signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 52” x 26.5” Dai Jin (1388-1462) is noted as the founder of the Zhe School of Ming dynasty painting. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000 LOT 33 Signed Wang Hui (1632–1717), 19th century or earlier Ink and color on paper. Inscribed and signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 50” x 26“ Wang Hui (1632–1717) was a Chinese landscape painter during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). He is known as one of the Four Wangs, and one of the Six Masters of the early Qing period. Estimate: $1,000-$3,000

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LOT 34 (not pictured) Chinese Painting, signed Wang Hui (1632-1717) Fine Chinese landscape painting signed Wang Hui. Ink and color on paper, 20th century. Inscribed and signed by the artist with multiple seal marks. Painting size: 51” x 25” Estimate: $700-$1,000 LOT 34A (not pictured) Chinese Painting, attributed to Yu Yuan (1874-1922) Ink on paper depicting a tree and sprouting vines. Calligraphy with two seal marks. Painting size: 46” x 11.5” Estimate: $600-$900

LOT 35 Chinese Painting, signed Zhou Shu Xi, Qing Dynasty Fine ink and color on paper hanging scroll depicting birds in trees. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 48.5” x 24.5” Estimate: $600-$900 16


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LOT 36 Chinese Painting, attributed to Chen Shao Mei (1839-1896) Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 25.5� x 13.75� Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

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LOT 37 (not pictured) Antique Chinese Painting, Signed Wang Yu (1662-1750) Ink on paper depicting a landscape scene. Inscribed and signed by the artist with three seal marks. Painting size: 26.5” x 11"

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Estimate: $800-$1,200

LOT 38 (not pictured) Two Chinese Landscape Paintings, Qing Dynasty Ink on paper. Both signed with artist seal mark. Painting size: 57” x 15” and 57” x 14.5” Estimate: $600-$900 LOT 39 (not pictured) Two Antique Chinese Landscape Paintings Ink on paper depicting a pavilion in the mountains. Both signed with artist seal. Painting size: 57” x 15” and 55” x 14” Estimate: $600-$900 LOT 40 (not pictured) Chinese Painting, after Chen Mei (circa 1736-1864)

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Early 20th century. Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 49” x 24.5” Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

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LOT 42 (not pictured) Chinese Painting, signed Wu Zheng (1878-1949)

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Ink on paper depicting a landscape scene. Inscribed and signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 41” x 14.5” Estimate: $600-$900

LOT 37A Chinese Landscape Painting, Qing Dynasty

LOT 41 Chinese Calligraphy, attributed to Yu Youren (1879-1964)

Ink on silk. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Matted and framed. Painting size: 39.5” x 12.75”

Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 53” x 14.5”

Estimate: $1,500-$2,000

Yu Youren (1879-1964) was an educator, scholar, calligrapher, and politician in the Republic of China. Estimate: $800-$1,200

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LOT 42A Fine Chinese Painting attributed to Xiang Pu, Qing dynasty Ink on silk depicting a scholar's pavillion. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 11.75” x 10.5” Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

LOT 43 Chinese Painting, attributed to Xi Gang (1746-1803)

LOT 44 Fine Chinese Painting, Anonymous, Qing Dynasty

Ink on silk, inscribed and signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 27” x 16.5

Ink on paper with calligraphy and numerous seal marks. Inscribed: di” (zhai) wan guo (hua). Landscape size: 25.5” x 25.5”. Calligraphy: 25” x 16”

Xi Gang (1746-1803) was a renowned seal carver and landscape painter during the Qing dynasty.

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LOT 45 Signed Ni Zan (1301-1374), 19th century or earlier Ink on paper. Inscribed and signed by the artist with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 43” x 20” Ni Zan (1301–1374) was a Chinese painter during the Yuan and early Ming periods. Along with Huang Gongwang, Wu Zhen, and Wang Meng, he is considered to be one of the Four Masters of the Yuan dynasty. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000

LOT 46 (not pictured) Two Chinese Paintings, signed Cao Zhenxiu and Jin Cheng Two Chinese scroll paintings signed Cao Zhenxiu (1762-1822) and Jin Cheng (18781926). Ink and color on paper with calligraphy. Signed with numerous seal marks. Painting size: 36” x 18” and 36" x 18” Estimate: $600-$900

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LOT 46A Chinese Painting, attributed to Xu Rong (?-after 1866) Ink on silk, Inscribed and signed by the artist, with two seal marks. Dated Spring, guihai year (1863). Painting size: 47.5” x 19.5”

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Provenance: Purchased in Japan in the 1920's thence by descent in the family. LOT 47 Chinese Scroll Painting, signed Li Keran (1907–1989) Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 31” x 19” Estimate: $1,000-$2,000

LOT 48 (not pictured) Chinese Scroll Painting, 20th century Ink on paper depicting colorful birds and cooing peacock. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 49” x 24.5” 20

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Xu Rong was a Zhejiang Pinghu artist with high reputation in landscape painting during the Qing dynasty. The inscription states that the painting was produced when the artist was living in Japan in 1863. It describes his short jounery to Chang Mountain and expresses his homage to ancient artists including Yuan dynasty artist Yun Lin (Ni Zan, 1301-1374) and Mei He (Zha Shibiao, 1615-1698). Xu Rong shared the same artistic philosophy with these two artists: using very simple but powerful brush touches to present sparse landscapes. As a result, their works hardly represent the natural settings but rather an expression of artist's inner spirit. Estimate: $1,500-$3,000


LOT 49 Fine Chinese Painting, signed Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) Ink and color on paper with a poem and calligraphy. Signed by the artist with four seal marks. Painting size: 25” x 10.5” Estimate: $500-$700

LOT 50 (not pictured) Chinese Painting, after Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766)

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Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 48” x 24.5” Estimate: $800-$1,200 LOT 51 (not pictured) Chinese Painting, after Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 33” x 17” Estimate: $1,000-$1,500 Giuseppe Castiglione, (1688–1766) was an Italian Jesuit Brother. In 1715 he went to China as a missionary and while in China took the name Lang Shining. His skill as an artist was appreciated by the Emperor Qianlong and Castiglione spent many years in the court painting various subjects, including portraits of the Emperor and Empress. M A R C H 2 3

LOT 52 Painting Album, by Yu Feian (1888-1959)

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A rare ink and watercolor painting album of birds by Yu Feian. Each panel depicting different types of fowl hovering over water with a small island and sprouting greens. Extremely thick bold colors with very light staining on the white background. Painting size: 11.3” x 6.6” Please refer to Lot 525, Sothebys, Hong Kong in April, 2010 for a similar theme exhibiting bold brush strokes and color. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500

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LOT 53 (not pictured) Chinese Scroll Painting, 20th century Chinese Scroll Painting, 20th century depicting a beauty holding a lotus flower and standing next to a large bird. Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 26” x 17” Estimate: $400-$600

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LOT 54 Four Chinese Paintings, after Wang Wu (1632-1690) Ink and color on paper. All signed by the artist with a seal mark. Painting size (each): 66” x 17.5” Estimate: $800-$1,200

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LOT 55 Oil on Canvas, Lian Xueming (1969-) Chinese painting by Lian Xueming. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Part of the artist's critically acclaimed "Forest" series. Painting size: 47” x 40”

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Estimate: $7,000-$10,000

Provenance: Lots 55 and 56 purchased directly from the artist. Biography: Lian Xueming was born in April, 1969 in Baoding City of Hebei Province, he graduated form the Art Department of Leshan Teachers College with a major in oil painting in 1992 and advanced studies of oil painting class from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. Recent Exhibitions: 2001 Four Artists' Oil Painting Exhibition of Ya'an, 2002 Searching experimental art exhibition, 2003 National Youth Oil Painting Exhibition, 2006 The First 'New Power•China' Contemporary Art Biennale, **Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'IN FULL BLOSSOM' sold at XiLingYinShe Auction Co. Ltd. 'Modern & Contemporary Chinese Oil Painting & Sculpture' in 2011 for $17,796.**

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LOT 56 Oil on Canvas, Lian Xueming (1969-)

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Chinese painting by Lian Xueming. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Part of the artist's critically acclaimed "Forest" series. Painting size: 24” x 20” Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

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LOT 57 Chinese Ink Painting, signed Qi Baishi (1864-1957) Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 75” x 18.5” Estimate: $600-$900

LOT 58A Chinese Painting, signed Dong Shouping (1904-1997) Chinese scroll painting, signed Dong Shouping (1904-1997). Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 26.25” x 17.25” Estimate: $500-$700 M A R C H 2 3 2 0 1 3

LOT 59 Chinese Calligraphy Painting, signed Wu Hufan (1894-1968) Chinese Calligraphy Scroll Painting signed Wu Hufan (1894-1968). Ink on paper. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 46” x 23” Estimate: $300-$500 24


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LOT 60 Chinese Scroll Painting, attributed to Pu Zuo (1918-2003)

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Ink and color on paper with calligraphy. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 34” x 17” Pu Zuo was a member of the Manchu Imperial family and cousin of the last Emperor of China. He was honored by the Chinese Department of Arts and the Ministry of Culture when his work was selected for inclusion in a UNESCO publication presenting China's most important living artists. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

LOT 61 (not pictured) Chinese Painting, attributed to Qian Song Yan (1899-1985) Chinese scroll painting attributed to Qian Song Yan. Ink and watercolor on paper divided into two sections with later calligraphy above and two pavilions in the mountains below. Signed by the artist with one with seal mark. Painting size: 41” x 22.5” Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

LOT 62 Chinese Painting, attributed to Qian Song Yan(1899-1985) Ink and watercolor on paper depicting mountainous landscape. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 36.5” x 16.2” Estimate: $1,000-$2,000 25


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LOT 63 Chinese Calligraphy, signed Wu Chang Shuo (1844-1927) Ink on paper with speckled gold of calligraphy. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 49.5” x 12”

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Ink on greenish paper. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 52” x 12” Estimate: $700-$1,000

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LOT 65 Chinese Painting, signed Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with four seal marks. Painting size: 26.5” x 18” Estimate: $400-$600

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LOT 64 Chinese Calligraphy, attributed to Sha Meng Hai (1900-1992)

LOT 66 Chinese Painting, signed Wang Xue Tao (1903-1984) Ink and color on paper. Signed by the artist with one seal mark. Painting size: 19.5” x 17.5” Estimate: $800-$1,200


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LOT 67 Chinese Painting, signed Liu Da Wei (1945-) Ink on paper depicting a man with a horse and large camels. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 27.3” x 26.5”

LOT 68 Chinese Painting, signed Lou Shi Bai (1918-2010) Ink and color on paper depicting two perched maynards on branches. Signed with artist seal mark. Painting size: 35.5” x 17”

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LOT 69 (not pictured) Chinese Painting attributed to He Xiang Ning (1878-1972)

LOT 70 (not pictured) Chinese Painting, signed Dong Shouping (1904-1997)

LOT 71 (not pictured) Four Paintings, signed Wu Chang Shuo (1844-1927)

Watercolor painting depicting a cat under a pear tree in the field. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 50” x 13”

Chinese scroll painting signed Dong Shouping (1904-1997). Ink on paper depicting flowering bamboo. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Painting size: 34” x 18.5”

Ink and watercolor on paper. Signed by the artist with seal mark. Painting size (each): 50.75” x 12.75”

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Estimate: $400-$600 Estimate: $400-$600

LOT 72 (not pictured) Three Paintings, attributed to Hong Yi (1880-1942) Ink and color on paper. Two paintings depicting guanyins and the third fine calligraphy. Signed by the artist with one seal. Painting size: (Standing Guanyin) 48” x 26.5”, (Seated Guanyin) 46” x 24.3”, (Calligraphy) 37” x 16.5”

LOT 73 (not pictured) Chinese Fan Painting, after Ma Quan (1669-1722), 19th century Ink and color on paper depicting two birds perched on a rock with blossoming flowers and calligraphy on verso. Signed by the artist with two seal marks. Length: 20.3”

LOT 74 (not pictured) Chinese Fan Painting, attributed to Fei Dan Xu (1805-1850) Ink and color on paper mounted on wood and mother of pearl ornamentation. Depicting an outdoor scene with beauty and calligraphy on verso. Signed by the artist with four seal marks. Length: 21.5” Estimate: $400-$600

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Measurements: Please Note: All measurements are approximations. Terms and Conditions of Sale: All property offered and sold through Imperial Auctioneers, ("Auctioneer", or "Broker", or the "Company") shall be offered and sold on the terms and conditions set forth in these Conditions of Sale. By participating in any sale, you acknowledge that you are bound by these terms and conditions. Imperial Auctioneers has made every effort to catalogue and describe accurately property to be sold. The Company, however, assumes no risk, liability or responsibility for the identification or authenticity or authorship, or weight, count, or measure of any property identified in its catalogue or lists of sale. This shall include, among others, the identity of the creator, the period, culture, source of origin, as the case may be, with which the creation of any property is identified in any publication. ALL PROPERTY IS SOLD "AS IS". THE CONSIGNOR MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO ANY PROPERTY OFFERED FOR SALE, SINCE THE AUCTIONEER IS ACTING SOLELY AS AN AUCTION BROKER, AND, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, DOES NOT OWN THE PROPERTY OFFERED FOR SALE. THEREFORE, THE AUCTIONEER MAKES NO WARRANTY OF TITLE, WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPERTY.

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THERE WILL BE A 21% (TWENTY-ONE PERCENT) BUYERS PREMIUM APPLIED TO ALL SALES. ALL BUYERS LOCATED IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS MUST PRESENT AN ILLINOIS RESALE CERTIFICATE FOR TAX EXEMPTION, OR ILLINOIS SALES TAX WILL BE APPLIED. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

Payment is a precondition to removal. Payment shall be by cash, certified check or similar bank draft, or any other method approved by the Company. Checks will not be deemed to constitute payment until cleared. The Company will charge interest of one and one-half percent (1 ½%) per month on any balance remaining thirty (30) days after the day of sale. Any exceptions must be made upon the Company's written approval of credit prior to sale. Unless the sale is advertised and announced as "without reserve", each lot is offered subject to a reserve and the Company may implement such reserves by bidding through its representatives on behalf of the Consignors. In certain instances, the Consignor may pay less than the standard commission rate where the Company or its representative is a successful bidder on behalf of the Consignor. Where the Consignor is indebted to the Company, the Company may have an interest in the offered lots and the proceeds there from other than the broker's Commissions, and all sales are subject to any such interest. Shipping: Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. In the interest of our clients, Imperial Auctioneers requires a written authorization from the buyer in order to release property if anyone other than the person on the invoice will be picking up the purchased lot. Imperial Auctioneers takes no responsibility for any acts or omissions of any shipping company and will not be liable in any way once items have left our premises. We suggest purchasing insurance for the full value of your item.

In no event shall the Company be responsible for the correctness, nor deemed to have made any representation or warranty of description, genuineness, attribution, provenance or condition of the property and no statement by anyone or in the catalogue, in any advertisement, or which is made at the sale, in the bill of sale or invoice, or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a warranty or representation or an assumption of liability. All bidders acknowledge their right to have made or requested full inspection of any and all properties prior to sale and agree to be charged with all matters such inspection may have disclosed or indicated. The company reserves the right to withdraw any property at any time before the fall of the hammer in its sole and exclusive discretion.

Buyer's Premium: 21%

The highest bidder acknowledged by the Auctioneer shall be the purchaser. In the event of any dispute between bidders, the auctioneer shall have the sole and final discretion either to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute. If any dispute arises after sale, the sale record of the Auctioneer shall be conclusive in all respects.

Import and Export Regulations Regarding Endangered Species: Some items in our auctions require special permits in order to leave the country, either due to their value and cultural significance, or because they contain parts from species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), for example rhinoceros horn, whalebone, tortoiseshell or ivory. If you have any questions about whether a lot may require a permit in order to be shipped to you, we recommend that you discuss the matter with a local customs broker. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to ensure that the property is properly imported into the buyer's country. If you participate in the auction and as a result, purchase property that you plan to ship to another country, you agree that you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with and complying with any and all applicable import rules and regulations.

If the Auctioneer determines that any opening or later bid or any advance of bidding is not commensurate with the value of the article offered, the Auctioneer may reject the same and withdraw the article from sale. Upon the fall of the hammer, title to any offered lot or article will immediately pass to the highest bidder as determined in the exclusive discretion of the auctioneer. Such bidder thereupon assumes full risk and responsibility for the property sold, agrees to sign any requested confirmation of purchase, and agrees to pay the full purchase price therefore or such part upon such terms as the Company may require. All property shall be paid for and removed by the purchaser at his/her expense within three (3) business days of the sale and, if not so removed, may be sold by the Company, or sent by the Company to a public warehouse, at the sole risk and charge of the purchaser(s), and the Company may prohibit the purchaser from participating, directly or indirectly, as a bidder or purchaser in any future sale or sales. The Company will not be responsible for any loss, damage, theft, or otherwise responsible for any goods left in the Company's possession after seven (7) business days.

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If the foregoing conditions or any applicable provisions of law are not complied with, in addition to other remedies available to the Company and the Consignor (including without limitation the right to hold the purchaser(s) liable for the bid price) the Company, at its option, may: a.) Hand over the debt to a collection agency. The company will not be responsible for the actions of the collection agency including reporting the debt to the credit bureaus, and communications to third parties such as employers, business associates, and family members. b.) Hold the defaulting buyer liable for the total amount due and begin legal proceedings for its recovery together with interest, legal fees and costs to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law. c.) Resell the property publicly or privately with such terms as the Company deems appropriate, resell the property at public auction without reserve, and with the purchaser liable for any deficiency, cost, including handling charges, the expenses of both sales, the Company commission on both sales at the Company's regular rate, all other charges due hereunder and incidental damages. d.) Take other action as we find necessary and/or appropriate

Payment: We accept Cash, Personal Checks, Certified Checks, Wire Transfers, Paypal and Credit Card (Visa and Master Card). Auction purchases must be paid for within three (3) business days of the auction. International orders and all orders of $5,000 or more must be paid for by Wire Transfer. Taxes: If a buyer has a purchase shipped out of the State of Illinois via a licensed shipper, applicable sales tax will not be assessed. Local (Illinois) dealers must submit a copy of their Resale Tax Exempt certificate in order to be exempt from Illinois state sales tax.

The Company makes no representation or warranty and accepts no liability whatsoever to the seller, the buyer, or any third party in respect of the availability or issuance of valid import and export permits or the existence or exercise of preemption or other rights to purchase by governmental or regulatory authorities anywhere.

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939 West North Avenue Suite 750 Chicago, IL 60642 866-886-7912 www.imperialauctioneers.com Specializing in the research, acquisition, and sale of Chinese Paintings and Chinese Fine Arts ABSENTEE BID FORM Please read the following terms carefully. This is a legal and binding contract to buy. By signing and emailing or mailing back this contract you will be held to your purchases if awarded the high bid or winning bid. Absentee Bids must be received no later than one day before the auction. We cannot execute your bid without this form received before the auction and with your signature. The auctioneer will execute your absentee bid competitively, up to the maximum amount you have indicated. If a bid is left that does not comply with the stipulated increments, the auctioneer has the right to round your bid to the next increment. In the event of tie absentee bids, the earliest bid to arrive will be awarded the winning bid. Imperial Auctioneers offers absentee bids as a convenience and will not be held responsible for errors or failure to execute bids. All bids shall be treated as offers made on condition of sale and purchases must be paid in full. All items will be delivered/shipped after full payment has been received. Imperial Auctioneers will accept cash, personal checks, cashiers check, wire transfers, Paypal and credit card (Visa and Master Card) as form of payment. I have read the terms of and conditions of sale and give permission for Imperial Auctioneers or an acting staff member of the Imperial Auctioneers team to represent me as an absentee bidder. Please bid competitively on my behalf on the following items, up to the maximum bid noted on this form. I understand the purchase price will be the total of the final bid, plus applicable buyer’s premium noted and applicable sales tax, plus shipping costs and insurance if needed. NAME ADDRESS CITY

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Seeking Consignments Imperial Auctioneers is seeking consignments. If you would like to consign to our next sale of Asian Art and/or Fine Art please contact us: inquiries@imperialauctioneers.com ~ 866-886-7912

Upcoming Auctions

Fine Asian Art, April 2nd, 7PM Including Property From: -The estate of a Canadian diplomat to Japan -A private collector from San Francisco, California -A private collector from Toronto, Ontario

Polychrome Wood Shakyamuni, 18th C. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

Photographs of Yousuf Karsh, TBA From a private collection purchased directly from the estate of Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002)

Vintage Silver Gelatin Print of Winston Churchill Estimate: $5,000-$7,000

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Fine Chinese & Japanese Paintings — 17th to 20th Centuries March 23rd, 2013, 7:00pm CST

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