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Scroll painting at JHoT
I came across an interesting scroll at joanies house of treasures:
A very unique example with tree or root painted design. We are told this artist is considered an important contemporary artist that is well known for these unique tree or root paintings. One scroll wood end missing.
This was purported to be by "an important artist... acquired directly from the artist and fully guaranteed authentic.." I asked Bidamount for a second opinion before pulling the trigger and P.C. thought it was in the style of Zeng Xiaojan but was sketchy . When I Googled the artist I found this:
Depicting two pine trees interlock together, signed by the artist with one seal, ink on paper, mounted, hanging scroll.70.5*60cm 1991年冬日写于纽约.Provenance:purchased direcly from artist, Estate of William
sold last June by an auction house in Ontario. Has the same broken piece.
A little further investigation found this:
Zeng Xiaojun Tree, 1991 27.75 x 24 in. (70.5 x 61 cm.) close Artist: Title: , 1991 Medium: ink on paper Size: 27.75 x 24 in. (70.5 x 61 cm.) Description: * Sale: * Estimate: * Price: * Bid Department: * * Subscribe now to view details for this work, and gain access to over 10 million auction results.
That sold at auction in December of last year. Then it turns up at JHoT in January 2019:
ORGINAL CHINESE TREE Study Scroll Painting By Important Artist Zeng Xiaojun - $5,200.00. ORGINAL CHINESE TREE STUDY SCROLL PAINTING BY IMPORTANT ARTIST ZENG XIAOJUN JOANIES IMPORTANT ASIAN ARTS NO RESERVE ESTATE AUCTION! Hello, thank you for having a look at our auctions!
This time it was given the attribution to Zeng Xiaojun and again "acquired directly from the artist and guaranteed authentic..."
It seems joanie (if that's her real name) makes up stories.
Welcome to this great forum.
I believe the scrolls posted are all the one and same. I dont know if said are genuine or attributes.
I think JHT buys items from local/other auctions and then resells said claiming all sorts of things etc.
I did buy from them a year or so ago a large signed picture (lounging figures) by renouned contemporary artist Jin Weihong (b. 1963). JHT claimed it was purchased directly from the artist. I did find the very same picture on offer previously via artnet that failed to sell at auction in Canada.
Maybe the seller did purchase it from the artist and then tried unsuccessful to sell it at auction only then to sell/other to JHT. I really dont know. I still have the work. One day I will put it up on the wall. 🤗
I dont think it is a...... 🍋
Prior to buying this artwork I was also interested in buying a very large stainless steel artwork by a well-known artist whose name escapes me for the moment . JHT claimed directly purchased from said artist. However, I did find the exact same one that sold prior at a US auction. So.... 🤔
I really believe that when dealing with high-powered sellers one must do their due diligence rather than rely on the expertise/honesty of the seller.
Hi KevinW - and as with Mark, welcome to this wonderful forum ...
Not really my area at all, Mark has far more knowledge on such pieces, but I would agree that, from the images posted, these scrolls appear to be the same. JHT has been discussed here several times before, not always in the most positive light or terms ...
I would also concur with Marks comment regarding conducting 'ones own due diligence' with such sellers - this is very important ...
Thank you for the compliment. However, I really know next to zero about painting and scroll works. I think George aka gfhandle is very knowledgeable on such items. He has quite a nice collection of said works accumulated over a long period that he just posted a picture of.
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