A meticulous Chinese ink painting of landscape and pavilions of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) sold 9.2 million yuan ($1.36 million) in a sale on Wednesday in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
View of Green Wild Pavilion. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Titled View of Green Wild Pavilion, the long scroll was produced by Yuan Yao, a painter noted for his mountain-and-water, flower-and-bird works in the detailed gongbi painting style, as well as jiehua, a painting genre of which painters used rulers to draw architecture.
The sold painting shows Yuan's mastery of combining these motifs and techniques in one surface composed of 12 screens.
The painting was among several hundreds of Chinese paintings, porcelains, works of art and photos that was auctioned by the Beijing-based Huachen Auctions. The total sale amounted to 56.8 million yuan.
Holding its first sale in Hangzhou, a city of long history and rich cultural traditions, the auction house hopes to reach to more local collectors.