Sunday, December 17, 2017
The Chew Family Collection of Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy
1334 York Avenue,
New York, USA
Mar 22, 2018
Detail: The Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy sale will showcase the Chew Family Collection of Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy. The collection was assembled by Ms. Francis Chew (known as Sister Asha) and her parents in California beginning in 1970s. The Chew family opened the China Art Center in Carmel, California, where they made the acquaintance of Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien), the celebrated modern ink painter who also lived in Carmel from 1969 to 1976. Among the seventy-plus works by acclaimed modern masters such as Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo, Qi Bashi, and Pu Ru, are a number of fine and unusual works by Zhang Daqian, including Splashed Color Landscape, Landscape After Shitao, and Large-scale Calligraphy; as well as classical paintings either collected or inscribed by Zhang Daqian, such as Pheasants In Snow and Ducks In Lotus Pond by Lin Liang (1436-1487), Rabbit Among Bamboo And Chrysanthemums by Tao Cheng (15th Century), and Landscape by Yun Shouping (1633-1690). Other important classical paintings include Orchid And Bamboo by Ma Shouzhen (1548-1640) which bears an inscription by Wu Hufan; Scholar Gazing From A Pavilion by Zhang Ling (Early 16th Century) with an inscription by Zhuang Yan; and finally, three particularly rare hanging scrolls bearing spurious inscriptions and signatures of Wu Zhen (1280-1354), Shitao (1642-1707) and Kuncan (1612- After 1674), all of which are likely forgeries by Zhang Daqian, created for his own amusement.
The fully illustrated catalogue will feature several photographs taken of the Chew Family and Zhang Daqian, published here for the first time, revealing aspects of the painter’s life in California. Accompanying the sale in New York, two travelling exhibitions of selected works will be held in San Francisco and Los Angeles next February.