Category Archives: woodblock

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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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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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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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 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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