A “Spring and Autumn Period Story” Bloodstone Seal by Tang Zuishi
Lot No. ：HRCS-191209
Artist：Tang Zuishi (1*) (1885—1969)
Feature：A stone seal. Chicken-Blood stone(2*), weight 1282.6g.
1* Tang Zuishi (1885-1969) used to be a Chinese painter and calligrapher, was noted for the seal engraving. Formerly known as Yuan Ye, his courtesy name has Li Hou, Pu Yong, and Zui Long, Zui Nong, Jiu Yuan, Zui Shi Shan Nong, Yin Jiang, Xiu Jing Zhai. Born in Changsha, Hunan, he lived in Hangzhou. As the chief of the technical department of the Bureau of Printing and Casting of the State Council of the Beiyang Government, the director of the Palace Museum, the technician of the Nanjing Government Printing and Casting Bureau, and the deputy curator of the Hubei Provincial History Research Institute. He is a member of the Xiling Seal Art Society, and the president of Donghu Seal Art Society. He was promoted for the China Academy of Art -- 20th century engraved masters. His work and article have been compiled and published, "The collection of Tang Zuishi seal carvings", "Tang Zushi self-use seal depositing", "Zui wen seals", "Zui Shi Shan Nong Seal manuscripts", "Zui Stone Seal Printed Manuscript", "Tang Zui Shi Seal Collection" and "He Nan Bei Shou as the Tang Style".
2* Chicken-Blood stone is one of the most prized ornamental materials in China. It is considered a protection from evil and is believed to be even more powerful than jade. In Chinese tradition, the color red is symbolic of good luck. Thus the Chinese give red seals, or chicken blood stone, to bless people for events such as marriages, birthdays, promotions, and success. The stone gets its name for its bright red color, resembling fresh chicken blood. It is primarily used in carvings and seals. Chicken-Blood tone is found in only two localities, Changhua and Balinyouqi, China. Chicken-Blood stone is a fine-grained mixture of clay and quartz, with varying amounts of red cinnabar. Since both the clay and cinnabar are very soft, it has cannot be worn in jewelry and is reserved for ornamental objects. In addition, the ingrediants vary from 2 to 7 in hardness, making it a very difficult stone to work with. The value will be based primarily on artistry , workmanship and antique value consideration. Now that the Changhua cinnabar (mercury) mining is near its end, the blood stone output is very limited, which lead to ever increasing market prices.
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