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GU QUAN (ATTRIBUE A, XVIIIEME SIECLE)
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GU QUAN (ATTRIBUE A, XVIIIEME SIECLE)\nCINQ CENT LUOHAN, ENCRE ET COULEUR SUR PAPIER\nHandscroll, ink and colour on paper.\nInscribed and signed with two seals: Chen, Quan, dated eighth month of thirty-seventh year of the Qianlong reign.\nWith two collector's seal: Qianlong Yulan zhibao, Midian zhulin.\n12 ½ x 445 ¼ in. (32 x 1131 cm.)
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Arhat or luohan are enlightened monks that were integrated into Buddhism in China as early as the Tang Dynasty. Traditionally, they are usually depicted in groups of four, five, sixteen, eighteen and five hundred.

In this meticulously painted eleven-meter handscroll, five hundred Luohan are lively depicted within a luxuriant mountainous landscape in the gongbi style. According to the Chinese Buddhist tale, the five hundred luohan lived beyond the stone bridge of Mount Tiantai of the Jiuhua Mountain, located in Zhejiang province of China. As depicted in this painting, the long bridge, blocked by a gigantic stone on one side, is said to be a pathway to heaven. This present painting captures the moment in the story just before the luohan open the stone door to paradise.

Gu Quan was a court painter, active during Qianlong Emperor’s reign and was known for his talent to paint figures.

title

GU QUAN (ATTRIBUE A, XVIIIEME SIECLE)

medium

Handscroll, ink and colour on paper.

prelot

PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE FRENCH COLLECTOR

signed

Inscribed and signed with two seals: Chen, Quan, dated eighth month of thirty-seventh year of the Qianlong reign.

postlot

GU QUAN (ATTRIBUTED TO, 18TH CENTURY)

FIVE HUNDRED LUOHAN

keywords

Paintings, paper, China, Chinese Dynastic

department

CHINESE CLASSICAL & MODERN PAINTINGS

dimensions

12 ½ x 445 ¼ in. (32 x 1131 cm.)

provenance

Acquired in France in the early 1980s.


*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.


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