Chinese Leisure Seal, Qing. Attractive Gao Shan Stone by 张燕昌.
Very attractive Chinese seal, dark red-white beige Shou Shan Gao Shan Stone with a dragon and her baby as handle. Engraved are 4 characters: Chu Yu Tian Chu 出于天出 (deriving from heaven).
The seal as a whole has been delicately carved and the artist used the different shades of the stone in an exciting way: The white for the baby-dragon, the beige for the smoke out of the mouth.
The seal was engraved by the famous calligrapher and seal carver Zhang Yanchang (张燕昌 1738-1810).
Side engraving with details and seal carver’s name.
0,8 x 0,8 x 3,8 inches (21 x 22 x 98 mm), 99 gram, very fine condition.
张燕昌（１７３８－１８１４）字芑堂，号文鱼（耕砚田斋笔记作字文鱼，号芑堂），又号金粟山人，浙江海盐人。乾隆四十三年（一七七七）优贡，嘉庆元年（一七九 六）举孝廉方正。擅篆、隶、飞白、行、楷书，精金石篆刻、勒石，工画兰竹，兼善山水、人物、花卉，皆攸然越俗，别有意趣。为丁敬高弟。初及门时，囊负南瓜 二枚为贽，各重十馀斤。敬欣然受之，为烹瓜具饭焉。有金石契、飞白书录、鸳鸯湖札歌、石鼓文释存、芑堂印谱
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