Modern masterworks on the block at Rongbaozhai auction

Wang Jie
The historic house's autumn auction will include dozens of paintings, calligraphy works and other artifacts from leading 20th-century artists.
Wang Jie

A collection of modern ink-wash paintings, calligraphy works and decorative fans will go under the hammer during the Rongbaozhai Autumn Auction, to be held at Shanghai Magnolia Plaza on Sunday.

Big-name artists with works up for grabs include Zhang Daqian, Fu Baoshi, Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi.

One highlight are 99 items provided by the family of Ye Qianyu (1907-1995), ranging from paintings, diaries to manuscripts. Ye is one of China's most renowned modern artists, noted for his depiction of opera figures and traditional dancers.

Some of the artworks are from the collection of Rongbaozhai, the oldest auction house in China with a history of 300 years.

“Autumn Fruits” by Qi Baishi (1864-1957) is one such work from the house's collection. Qi is widely considered one of the greatest Chinese painters of the 20th century. His paintings epitomize Chinese tradition in an innovative form and style.

His unique art was inspired by nature, often depicting animals, insects and flowers. He once said: "The excellence of a painting lies in its being alike yet unlike. Too much likeness flatters the vulgar taste, while too much unlikeness deceives the world.”

Modern masterworks on the block at Rongbaozhai auction

"Autumn Fruits" by Qi Baishi (1864-1957)

Modern masterworks on the block at Rongbaozhai auction

"White Deer" by Xu Wei (1521-1593)

Auction info

Date: October 23-24, 9am-6pm (preview); October 25, 9am (auction)
Address: 36F, 501 Dongdaming Rd

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