Category Archives: chinese prints

Hehe er xian – 和合二仙 – The Two Immortals

Our collection contains two prints that initially look identical, as if printed from the same woodblock. The image shows two males, one holding a lotus flower and leaf (he 菏), the other a round box with lid (he 盒). This … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties, formats

DIPTYCHS, TRIPTYCHS AND TETRAPTYCHS This is my long-overdue final posting to the Gusu Beauties series. Among 18th century Suzhou prints there are several examples of two prints constituting a whole image, where the scene and design in one print continues … Continue reading

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New books on Suzhou prints

TWO RECENT PUBLICATIONS ON SUZHOU PRINTS In case not all our readers are up-to-date on the available literature, I would like to point out two books which further the study of Suzhou prints. The first publication is part of the … Continue reading

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Gusu Beauties, tentative dating of the prints

The earliest Suzhou prints of the largest size, roughly around 100×50 cm, are landscapes and can be dated to the 1730s. The earliest dated print is from 1734, the Encyclopaedic View of Jobs in the City (Sanbai liushi hangtu), illustrated … Continue reading

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Article on ‘beauty’ prints in Berlin

Ellen Johnston Laing has published an article in Orientations, October 2013, entitled Mothers and Sons: Four Newly Discovered 18th Century Chinese Prints which illustrates and describes four Yangliuqing prints recently found in the collection of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische … Continue reading

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West Lake print

In the previous posting I dared a dating of Qianlong-Jiaqing period for the West Lake print, but if I had taken the slightest effort to look up the most obvious building, Louwailou 樓外樓, in the middle bottom of the print, … Continue reading

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A print of West Lake, Hangzhou 西湖勝景

As a wish for a Happy New Year 2013 I present to my followers a hitherto unpublished print of the West Lake in Hangzhou. I admit to not knowing much regarding the print, I do not even dare to speculate … Continue reading

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Eleven Prints from Hainfeld Castle

Recently Professor Lucie Olivova kindly called my attention to some Chinese woodblock prints coming up for auction sale in beginning of December at Prague. She also sent me images of the prints – six of them are figurative and five … Continue reading

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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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