Category Archives: chinese prints

Wishes Come True – The Final Beauty Descends

In the entry A Gusu Beauty Appears hopes were expressed for the missing fourth print in the tetraptych of Literati Pursuits to appear at an auction sale, mainly so that it could be added to the collection. Well, an auction … Continue reading

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Dates for Wang Junfu 王君甫

Recently, a map entitled Da Ming Jiubian Wanguo Renji Lucheng Quantu 大明九边万国人迹路程全图 “The Routes to Great Ming from All Nations”, ca. 120×120 cm., came to light. Of interest is the fact that it is signed in upper left part and dated: … Continue reading

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A Gusu Beauty Appears

It has been rewarding to research the prints to which I have given the name Gusu Beauties, Gusu being today’s Suzhou, and such prints depicting a beautiful and elegant lady involved in various pursuits — reading, painting, writing, etc. or … Continue reading

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Three Gusu Prints in the Round

Three small Gusu (Suzhou) prints in my collection show influences from Western prints. All three are round prints, a rather unusual format, circa 25 cm in diameter. No other prints of this kind have been documented or published. The first … Continue reading

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More on West Lake Panorama

Anita Wang, Wang Xiaoming, has pointed out some mistakes in my previous entry and has also contributed some very pertinent information which warrants an article of its own. Corrections I made a mistake in transcribing the signature on the print … Continue reading

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A West Lake Panorama Discovered in UK Collection

Thanks to Helen Clifford and Emile de Bruijn I recently became aware of some Chinese woodblock prints ‘found’ in the North Yorkshire County Record Office. This find, combined with the Douce prints in the Bodleian Library discussed in Three Rediscovered … Continue reading

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A Gusu Beauty Hiding in a Swedish Chest

As lamented in the previous entry of this blog, my claim to fame, as far as Gusu Beauties was concerned, was shaken. However, it has recently been given an enormous boost from a most unexpected object. A few months ago … Continue reading

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Gusu prints in Esterházy Palace, Eisenstadt, Austria

My believed supremacy as hoarder of the largest collection of the type of Suzhou prints referred to as Gusu Beauties earlier in this blog, has been shattered. It was Diana Długosz-Jasińska, a Master of Arts in the field of Conservation … Continue reading

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Three rediscovered Gusu prints in the Bodleian Library

向達 Xiang Da, or Hsiang Da in Wade-Giles, wrote in his 1932 article concerning Chinese books in Oxford [向達: 瀛涯瑣志 : 記⽜津所藏的中⽂書. In 北平圖書館館刊 10:5 (1936), 9-44], that he had seen many prints and among them three eighteenth century prints … Continue reading

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Chinese Wallpaper in National Trust Houses

This new publication by the National Trust, ISBN 978-0-7078-0428-6, is authored by Emile de Bruijn, Andrew Bush and Helen Clifford. It discusses and illustrates the wallhangings in 45 manors and castles in the UK belonging to the National Trust. Although … Continue reading

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