Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Controversial Print of Suzhou 姑蘇石湖倣西湖勝景

This posting is a deviation from the norm in as much as none of the prints discussed here are part of my collection. Correction 2017: I have since been able to acquire print A, so at least one print discussed … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties, Notes on Acquisitions and Possible Usage

In the presentation of the various prints I have touched upon my acquisition of Prints 1-4 from the Chinese Porcelain Company in New York. Much later, in 2010, Prints 5 and 9 were bought at a provincial sale in the … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties Print 10

A woman helps a boy, holding a sprig in his hand, down the steps to a pond. They are in front of a doubled-roofed pavilion inside which can be seen a couch with inlaid marble on which are two tao … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties Print 9

A woman is seated on a chair, hugging its back and holding a large round transparent fan with a handle of spotted bamboo. The chair has visible wood grains and an insert of spotted bamboo in the back. In front … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties Print 8

[The actual print is not at hand so this description is written from a  not very clear photograph. If I see the print again, I might revise this description.] This print is unique for Château de Filières [actually, as of … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties Print 7

A woman sits leisurely, with her right knee raised, on a marble couch holding a fan composed of feathers in her right hand, leaning on two tao of books, and watching three boys playing on the floor. An open book, … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties Print 6

A woman holds a small child on her arm, two bigger boys are standing at her right. They are dressed in sable hats and long robes, indicating winter, which is also confirmed by the snow and ice on the ground … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties Print 5

A woman is standing in front of a black pedestal with red spiral decoration arranging lotus flowers and some leaves in a round porcelain vase with dragon decor. A boy is holding up a flower to her while watching another … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties: Print 1 Update, Summing Up

Terese Bartholomew writes:  “Your Suzhou prints are very interesting. Print 1 is a typical New Year picture, the low rectangular dish contains narcissus (grown in water and pebbles, with the bulbs showing). Snow drops are not shown in Chinese art. … Continue reading

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