Follow-up: William Coventry Wall at Treadway Auction

Result of the painting by William Coventry Wall at Treadway
Result of the painting by William Coventry Wall at Treadway

Although the painting “View of Allegheny River” was estimated between 500 dollars to 1000 dollars, and there is paint loss and yellow varnish, the collectors showed great enthusiasm to the gem. The final price is $22,000 plus premium. This is possibly an auction record for the artist. The fact that such a record was obtained in an auction at Kentucky and outside the regional area shows a coming of age of the market for paintings from the Scalp Level school.

Read my previous post here.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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