Of square shape, the seal face carved in relief with a four-character seal-script inscription. The top incised in xingshu, running script, with a nine-character inscription. The lidded hongmu box standing on four carved feet with good patina and grain. (3)
Zhao Zhiqian (Chinese: 赵之谦; 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 (益甫) and his pseudonym (hào) of Lengjun (冷君), which he changed to Huishu (撝叔) and Bei'an (悲盦) respectively later in his life.
Dimensions: 3,9 x 3,9 x 3,2 cm The box height 5,2 cm
Weight: 135,5 grams. The box 102,5 grams
Condition: Some chipping edges. Some wear, as expected on an old piece
Provenance: Hungarian private collection; before: Austrian private collection, acquired around 1985 (by repute)
Auction results comparison: CHINESE WORKS OF ART AND PAINTINGS. Bonham’s, 19 March 2018, NEW YORK, lot 8143. (for a related tianhuang seal, with comparable mottled hues of honey and mustard) China Guardian 2017 Spring Auctions, lot 4361. ( for a related Qingtian stone seal carved by Zhao Zhiqian)
尺寸：方印 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.2 (厘米)，蓋盒高5.2厘米