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Christie’s Hong Kong: Feng Xianshi (1753-1820). Fishing in the Summer River

Hanging scroll, ink and colour on silk

Inscribed and signed, with one seal of the artist and one illegible seal

Dated summer, dingmao year (1807)

Dimensions: 123 by 51.5cm, 48 3/8 by 20 1/4 in.

Provenance: Previously in the collection of Helen and Robert James Wickins.

Sold on behalf of a Melbourne client at Christie’s Hong Kong, 3 December 2022 (lot 855) for HK$226,800 (Estimate HK$200,000-300,000).

Helen and Robert James Wickins collected Chinese art from the 1970’s to 1990’s while living in Hong Kong. Helen, a social worker and teacher and her husband Robert, a lawyer, moved to Hong Kong in 1976. Robert took a position as Associate Professor of Law at the Hong Kong Polytechnic, while Helen taught English and History at the Diocesan Girls’ School. They remained in Hong Kong for twenty years and returned to Adelaide, Australia in early 1998.


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