Lot n° 5
2000 - 3000
Dignitary in the garden, China, Qing dynasty,... - Lot 5 - Coutau-Bégarie
Dignitary in the garden, China, Qing dynasty, 18th century Folded fan, the double sheet of gouache-painted paper of a rich scene evoking the life of a man from his childhood to his elevation to the rank of high official thanks to his mother. To the left, a large pavilion hosts kneeling servants placing a meal at the feet of the high official or entertaining him with music. In the garden, figures play or practice calligraphy. Two of them are of a very large size. On the right, several figures stand in front of a portico, including the mother of the dignitary and himself a child. She will become Mingfu, ??. Two flags fly in the wind, with calligraphic inscriptions allowing to understand the story.
Reverse side painted with small branches with pink flowers.
Fine ivory mount* finely cut, engraved on both sides with bamboos, Buddhas' hands, begonias, plum tree flowers, and chrysanthemums. A motif symbolizes the currency. The plumes are carved in relief with garden scenes, a "fairy" holding a Ruyi scepter symbolizing happiness, and Lao-tzu riding an imaginary and sacred animal called "Qing Niu?".
H.t. 31,5 cm-H.f. 17,3 cm (restorations, does not fold)
Provenance : Jules François Gustave Berthemy (1826- 1903), succeeded to M. de Bourboulon, and was notably in charge of the management of the legation of Beijing in 1862. In 1863, he was minister plenipotentiary of France to the Emperor of China.
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