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  • Catalogue Essay

    Renowned for its snow-white marble, the once imperial quarries of Fangshan District to the southwest of Beijing, traditionally supplied much of the marble used by the Ming and Qing emperors. Regarded by many as a national treasure the white marble can be seen in Ming and Qing dynasty temples and palaces across China.

    The silk scarf accompanying the bound volume reproduces a detail of Ai Weiwei's work Straight and makes reference to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008.

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Art Edition

2014
Chinese marble (Fangshan District), Habotai silk scarf and cloth-bound book,
marble 18.8 x 76.5 x 51.4 cm (7 3/8 x 30 1/8 x 20 1/4 in.)
wrapped book 45 x 35.5 x 11 cm (17 3/4 x 13 7/8 x 4 3/8 in.)
installed 21.5 x 76.2 x 52 cm (8 1/2 x 30 x 20 1/2 in.)

signed in red ink and stamp-numbered 37/100 on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity (there were also a number of artist's proofs), further numbered '0037' on the slipcase spine and again on the original, branded packaging, with the original slip case.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £12,500

Contact Specialist
Robert Kennan
Head of Sale, Editions
London
+44 207 318 4075

Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 11 June 2015 2pm & 6pm