HU SHI XI (CHINESE B. 1905)
ink on paper
48 x 60.8 cm (18 7/8 x 23 15/16 in.)
signed lower left
Collection of the Ambassador for the Republic of China, Mr. Hu Shi Xi
thence by descent in the family
Lot numbers 3-17 in this auction are from the collections of the prominent historical figures Ambassador Hu Shi Xi and his brother Dr. Victor Chi-tsai Hoo, dignitaries from the Republic of China, and themselves descending from an influential family of diplomats. Their father, Hu Weide, was the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Qing Dynasty, and briefly served as the Premier of the Republic of China after Duan Qirui was ousted from Beijing in 1926. He was instrumental in bringing democracy to the Qing Dysnasty and was a member of the Chinese delegation at both the Treaty of Versailles as well as the Hague Peace Conference.
Hu Shi Xi was a Chinese dignitary, the Chief Ambassador of the Republic of China in Canada, as well as an executive chief of embassies in many Spanish-speaking countries: Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, and others. In addition to his diplomatic skills, Hu Shi Xi was gifted artist, exhibiting his artworks at public exhibitions and diplomatic soirees to great acclaim. During his time posted in Europe and South America, he counted amongst his friends and visitors many other well known artists, such as Zhang Daqian. It should not be surprising, therefore, that Hu Shi Xi mainted autograph books with heartfelt calligraphic dedications, and even paintings, from both diplomats as well as the cultural community. Sold in as-is condition.