A “Nine Seals Connected Together”Mugwort Leaf Green Stone Seal by Zhao Zhiqian

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Lot No. :HRCS-ZZQ-190104
Artist:Zhao Zhiqian(1*) (1829 -1884)
Feature:A "nine seals connected together"stone seal, mugwort Leaf Green Stone(2*).
Weight:606.7g.
Source:Private collection
1* Zhao Zhiqian (1829–1884) was a renowned Chinese calligrapher, seal carver and painter in the late Qing Dynasty, "the leading scholar-artist of his day." Zhao's seal carving had profound influence on the later masters, such as Wu Changshuo and Qi Baishi. He is also known under the courtesy name of Yifu and his pseudonym of Lengjun, which he changed to Huishu and Bei'an respectively later in his life.
2* Mugwort Leaf Green stone is a mineral containing silvery metal sand points. It was the best stone for carving seals in the middle of the Qing Dynasty, which is very rare. Due to the influence of the geographical climate in the north, the Liaoning Pit is the first stone to make seals, followed by the Shoushan of Fujian. Mugwort Leaf Green Stone of Shoushan Stone was the most popular in the Ming Dynasty. After the Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Emperor liked Tianhuang stone more than Mugwort Leaf Green Stone, and promoted it. Mugwort Leaf Green stone, Tianhuang stone, and White Furong are also called "Shoushan Stone Three Treasures".


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