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Scholarly objects favored in art market

05-16-2010 09:04 BJT

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The scholarly objects used by ancient Chinese literati is gaining more attention from collectors at the Chinese art market. This comes in the wake of the recent popularity of porcelain wares and paintings as the dominant forces in the market.

45 such ancient stationery make up of an exclusive section to be held as part of the Spring Auction Fair in Beijing. The star lots are the red sandalwood writing case once used by the Qing Dynasty emperor Qianlong, as well as an ink stone used by his grandfather Emperor Kangxi.

Most of the antiquities come from the collection of Gong Xinzhao, a tycoon collector in the 1910s.

Chinese calligraphic traditions honor scholarly stationery, mainly the Four Treasures of the Study, Brush, Ink, Paper and Ink Stone.

The auction will also cover other less used items by classical scholars, including brush-holders, paperweights,brush-rinsing pots and the seal and seal-ink.

Experts say the collection of scholarly stationery is still at its low point in the current market. With a price of only tens of thousands of yuan, these objects have a huge potential to increase in value.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source:

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