Asian Art - To be sold 14th November 2017

A SET OF FOUR CHINESE IRON PICTURES, TIEHUA


QING DYNASTY


 


Each depicting flowers to represent the seasons, with prunus, orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo contained in wood frames, 80cm x 28cm. (4)


 


Provenance: the Hugh Malcolm collection of Asian art.


 


The art of Tiehua, literally meaning 'iron picture', is traditionally associated with blacksmith and painter Tang Peng (or Tang Tienchi) who lived in Wuhu xian during the Kangxi period (1662-1722). Tradition asserts that Tang, aware of being less talented than his famous neighbour painter Xiao Yuncong (1596-1673), decided to create a new art form in which he could express himself. Made from hammered iron sheets, these pictures imitate the compositions and motifs of traditional brush paintings. The contrast of the iron designs painted black and hung on the white wall of a scholar's studio is a direct reference to the painting on silk in the bird-and-flower genre.


Although a relatively recent art form, Chinese iron pictures have made their way into major museums around the world and can be seen in the permanent collections of Chinese art at the British Museum, the Musée Guimet and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


清 四季鐵花插屏 一組四件

來源:Hugh Malcolm亞洲藝術品收藏


Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000
Lot: To be sold 14th November 2017
Sale: Asian Art - 14 Nov 2017

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