ZHANG DAQIAN (1899-1983)
SCHOLAR AND BAMBOO
A Chinese painting on board, ink and colour on paper, inscribed and signed Shi Di Wen xian sheng zheng zhi, Shu Jun Zhang Daqian Yuan, with two artist's seals, together with an exhibition catalogue signed by Zhang Daqian and dedicated to Mr Stephens, 21.5cm x 18cm. (2)
Provenance: from the collection of George Aveline Valentine Stephens (1928-2017) and thence by descent. This painting and catalogue were given to him during the New Delhi Daqian Exhibition in January 1950. Mr Stephens was in the Royal Navy, and then went on to work at Pan American Airways. In the 1950s, he joined the International Marine Oil Company Limited as their representative until it was taken over by Shell. He was the marketing representative for Shell in Bahrain, and then became the marketing executive at their London head office.