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. . . Is For Pillow

. . . is for pillow

Pillow in the Form Reclining Lady

Chinese Cizhou ware
Height: 15.9 cm. (6 1/4 in.)
Width: 19.0 cm. (7 1/2 in.)
Length: 40.8 cm. (16 in.)

Jin dynasty
Late 12th-13th century

<em>. . . is for Qin</em>

. . . is for Qin

Qin Bingwen (1803-1873), Chinese
“Landscape after Wang Meng”

Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
105 x 40 cm. (41 1/4 x 15 3/4 in.)

“Done in emulation of the surviving ideas of Huanghao Shanqiao (Wang Meng). Shuming (Wang Meng) and Yuanzhen (Ni Zan) were friends. Shuming’s density avoided the sparseness of Yuanzhen, but when complete, the brush and inkwork of Yuanzhen’s sparse fields and by-ways were extremely dense, while the brush and inkwork of Shuming’s dense fields and by-ways were very sparse. The two masters were still different while yet being the same. But those who haven’t gone to the Yueyang Pavilion, and personally seen Immortal Lu playing his flute, should rein in and stop, cover and (put out) the lamp, for (otherwise) within mistakes there will be mistakes. Painted and inscribed by Qin Bingwen, called Yiting.”

Artist’s seals:
Yiting; Yanyun shihua

<em>. . . is for Rosetsu</em>

. . . is for Rosetsu

Rosetsu (1754-1799), Japanese
“Two Crows on Persimmon Branch”

Hanging scroll, in and color on paper
98 x 28 cm. (38 9/16 x 11 in.)

“Painted by Rosetsu.”

Artist’s seals:
Hyokei; Gyo

Box Inscription:
by Kunii Oyo, dated mid summer of 1917, authenticating the work ”without room for doubt.”

<em>. . . is for Shao</em>

. . . is for Shao

Shao Mi (1592?-1642), Chinese
“The Filial Liu Mourning his Parents” 1631

Handscroll, ink on paper
28 x 87.5 cm. (11 x 34 1/2 in.)

“During the year 1631 of the Chongzhen reign-era, Shao Mi of Changzhou (Suzhou) painted this ‘Dwelling by the Grave’ picture for the filial son Liu Shuyu while at Guazhou.”

Artist’s seals:
Guazhou; Shao Mi siyin; Sengmi

Collectors’ seals:
Xiaoshi baocang; Yu Yuanfu zhencang yin

Zhang Dayong: Ziyi yuezhai shuhualu (1832), ch. 9, pp. 25-26

<em>. . . is for Unsen</em>

. . . is for Unsen

Unsen (1753 -1827), Japanese
“Mountain Recluses” 1792

Hanging scroll, ink on paper
161.9 x 40 cm. (63 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)

“On the twenty-third day of the second month of the year 1792 during the Kansei era, painted after drinking while at a feast at Kikyu’s Green Bamboo Dwellng, Unsen.”

Artist’s seals:
Taishu; Seisen ( “Listening Immortal”)

. . . Is For Vietnam

. . . is for Vietnam

Underglaze-Blue Decorated Elephant-Shaped Ewer, Vietnam

Height: 17.0 cm. (6 5/8 in.)
Length: 21.0 cm. (8 1/4 in.)

16th century

. . . Is For White

. . . is for white

White Porcelanous Cup with Dragon Handle

Height: 3.5 cm. (1 3/8 in.)
Width: 8.5 cm. (3 3/8 in.)

Northern Song Period
10th-11th century

Former Alfred Clark Collection

. . . Is For Xu

. . . is for Xu

Xu Wen (later 18th-early 19th century), Chinese
“Flowers, Birds and Animals”

Album of 12 leaves, ink and color on silk
21.2 x 31.4 cm. (8 1/2 x 12 3/8 in.)

Each leaf inscribed and signed by the artist.

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