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The Changes in Wang XiSan’s Studio Name Part 4 (Last) – One Bottle Eight Virtues Studio (1988 – Current)     从王习三的堂名变迁看历史——一壶八德斋(1988年至今)

The Changes in Wang XiSan’s Studio Name Part 4 (Last) – One Bottle Eight Virtues Studio (1988 – Current) 从王习三的堂名变迁看历史——一壶八德斋(1988年至今)

The Changes in Wang Xi San’s Studio Name Part 4 (Last) – One Bottle Eight Virtues Studio (1988 – Current) 从王习三的堂名变迁看历史——一壶八德斋(1988年至今)

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 -
Wang Xi San museum entrance

Fakes

Wang Xi San was elected into the Seventh CPPCC National Committee member in 1988. With his new appointment, Wang began to pay attention to some social issues. He had noticed that some undesirable phenomena is appearing in the society. Fakes, widespread cheating and infringement of intellectual properties are affecting the social norms and orders.

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 2004年3月全国政协十届二次会议召开,王习三大师向贾庆林主席馈赠鼻烟
Wang Xi San presenting a gift to Jia Qin Lin
冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 1989年10月1日,王碧霖老师与王习三师生相会在 全国劳模观礼台上
Wang Xi San with Wang Pi Ling

Impetus of a Legal battle

Wang Xi San has spent many years of commitment and continuous improvement to nourish his studio name. To him, the “One Bottle Studio” was his reputation and he cherished it dearly. Wang is a responsible teacher that hope to help his students succeed as early as possible. To ensure quality work, his apprentices needed to passed a set of rigorous tests before they can use his studio name.

In April 1984, to prevent counterfeiting problems. Wang decided to register his studio name as a trade mark. During that time, he knew nothing about the trademark laws and regulations. In that application, Wang registered the studio name under the state-owned factory instead of his personal name. This mistake left an impetus for a legal battle for his studio name later in the years.

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 根据邓友梅小说《烟壶》改编、 李翰祥导演拍摄的电影《八旗子弟》
Movie Poster of the “Eight Banner Army”

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 王习三出演《八旗子弟》剧照
Wang Xi San Acting in the movie “Eight Banner Army”

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 1988年,王习三与香港导演李翰祥在冀派内画展会上
Wang Xi San With Movie Director Li Han Siang

One Bottle Eight Virtues Studio (一壶八德斋)

To research into more techniques of painting, Wang started the Heng Shui Wang Xi San Art Institute in 1988. Before long, the works coming out of Wang’s art institute received many positive response from foreign collectors. However, with the increased demand of his bottle, a dishonest market began to emerge. Many low-grade paintings signed off as “One Bottle Studio” began to appear in the market. Desperate to protect his studio name, Wang hoped that the management of the state-owned factory would transfer the ownership of his studio name to him. The management of the factory refused to give in and insisted that the studio name belongs to them.

With no option left, Wang had to change his studio name again. He adopted a modified version of this original studio name “One Bottle with Eight Virtues Studio” (一壶八德斋).  The eight virtues that Wang added are the eight principles of life that he felt essential: filial piety, loyalty, faith, courtesy, righteousness, honesty and integrity. These are the same moral values that Wang emphasizes to his children and students.

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 1989年,以习三画院名义举办的 首届“习三杯”内画大奖赛
First Wang Xi San Award Competition in 1989

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 落款为“一壶八德斋”之作《红树林湾收获季节》
Bottle by Wang Xi San signed off with “One Bottle Eight Virtues” studio name

Rejuvenating Chinese Art and Culture

The Chinese society has gradually improved in laws and regulations over the years. Art and culture became one of the main focus of development. This attention improved the protection of intellectual property by the authorities. All these positive changes has given artist and artisans a stable and peaceful social environment to practice their trade.

Another piece of great news came in October 18, 2011. During the 6th Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee meeting. The governing party passed an important initiative to support and rejuvenate Chinese art and culture. This initiative was to fund artists that are engaged in traditional arts like Wang Xi San.

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 1988年出版的《中国内画鼻烟壶新貌》以图文并茂的形式详细介绍了几十位内画艺人的从艺经历和艺术特长,囊括了当时各派有影响力的人员
First Inside Painted Snuff Bottle Book published in 1988

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 1992年出版的《中国鼻烟壶珍赏》由耿宝昌、赵炳骅主编,其中内画类由王习三先生执笔
Snuff Bottle Book With Wang Xi San Bottles

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 2009年,由王习三和卢建广合著的《中国民间传统工艺技法系列培训教材▪内画技法》教材正式出版。此教材已被内画学校当作专业教材
Instruction Book on Inside Painting Techniques by Wang Xi San and Lu Jian Guang, written in 2009

Golden Age of Inside Painted Snuff Bottle

With all the years of hard work and innovation, Wang has built a solid foundation for the future. He has made inside painted snuff bottle into an art that is internationally acclaimed. From his stories, one can learn about the development of inside painted snuff bottle in conjunction with the changes in the social. Wang is confident that the golden age of inside painted snuff bottles has just started.

Wang Xi San demonstrating inside painting during an international exchange and exhibition
Wang Xi San demonstrating inside painting during an exhibition

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三
2006, Wang Xi San won the non-tangible cultural award representing inside painted snuff bottle

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 2007年6月,王习三被命名为国家级非物质文化遗产项目衡水内画的代表性传承人
2007 Wang Xi San won the non-tangible cultural award, representing inside painted snuff bottle

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 2008年,王习三被授予首批亚太地区手工艺大师
2008, Wang Xi San at the Asia Award – Arts and Crafts Ceremony

冀派內畫泰斗鼻煙壺內畫大師王習三 - 2011年,王习三与部分弟子研究内画技法
Taken in 2011, Wang Xi San with his students.

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