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Shen Feng (1686-1756)  沈鳳
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Shen Feng (1686-1756) 沈鳳

“Landscape after Wang Meng” 1727
倣王蒙山水図

Hanging scroll, ink on paper
142.0 x 62.0 cm. (56 x 24 3/4 in.)

Inscription:
“I have seen more than twenty paintings by the Woodcutter of Yellow Crane Mountain (Wang Meng). Among them we must regard the ‘Spring Dawn at Dantai’ in the collection of Wang Fengchang (Wang Shimin) and ‘Dwelling in the Mountains on a Summer Day’ in the collection of Tang Xiaolian as the best. Those who exhaust one year in investigating them to the very end, all of its aspects in great detail, will then be known as experienced and marvelous hands, for common artists are unable to penetrate his profundities.

Shen Feng from Dengquan, two days after the first of the eighth lunar month, autumn of the year 1727.”

Artist’s seals:
Fanmin; Feng

Collector’s seal: Monan jingjianquan pingsheng xinshang

Huang Zhen [Huang Chen] (paintings dated 1730-1777)<br>黄湊<br>
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Huang Zhen [Huang Chen] (paintings dated 1730-1777)
黄湊

“Nine Pines, after Ni Zan” 1730
倣倪瓚九松図

Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
126.5 x 47.0 cm. (49 3/4 x 18 1/2 in.)

Inscription:
“During the sixth month, summer of the year 1730, Huang Zhengquan (Huang Zhen) painted this for Master Chuntang.”

Artist’s seal:
Huang Zhen zhinyin

Colophon by Fang Shishu (1692-1751):
“The ‘Nine Pines’ picture painted by the lofty scholar Ni (Zan) was formerly kept in the Shijing Studio, and I once unrolled and studied it, coming to understand its general principle. Today I saw Zhengquan’s painting with moonlight on rocks and nine pine-trees, and it was like coming on an old friend. The leading theme is also very lively and moving. Written by the retired scholar of Huanshan (Fang Shishu).”
Seals: Shishu; Huanshan

Chen Mei [Ch’en Mei] (1694?-1745)<br>陳枚<br>
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Chen Mei [Ch’en Mei] (1694?-1745)
陳枚

“Farmer’s Cottage Beneath Old Trees” 1734
枯林田家図

Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
101.0 x 46.5 cm. (39 3/4 x 18 1/4 in.)

Inscription:
“On the second day of the second lunar month, spring of the year 1734, the twelfth of the Yongzheng reign-era, painted by Chen Mei, called Zhiwo touduo.”

Artist’s seal:
Chen Mei (“The Official Mei”)

Collectors’ seals:
Bao qinwang bao (“Treasure of Prince Bao,” i.e. Hongli, 1711-1799, who was made a prince of the first rank with this name in 1733); Changchun zhushi (“Recluse of Everlasting Spring,” a seal used by Prince Bao); Suianshi; Cao jitang yanfu

Recent provenance:
Fujii Yurinkan, Kyoto

Zhou Shangwen [Chou Shang-wen] (1716?-1789 or later)  <br>周尚文 <br>
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Zhou Shangwen [Chou Shang-wen] (1716?-1789 or later)
周尚文

“Clearing Snow over Myriad Mountains” 1768
群山雪霽

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
159.4 x 50.8 cm. (62 3/4 x 20 in.)

Inscription:
“‘Clearing Snow over Myriad Mountains.’ During the sixth lunar month, summer, of the year 1768, done in the manner of Wang Youcheng (Wang Wei) by Zhou Shangwen, called Shiming.”

Artist’s seals:
Zhou Shangwen yin; Sujian; Muchu; Shihu shan-?

Published:
Shenzhou guoguangji, Shanghai, 1908-1912, vol. XIV.

Yuan Yao (ca. 1710-ca. 1780)<br>袁耀<br>
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Yuan Yao (ca. 1710-ca. 1780)
袁耀

“Palace by Mountain River” 1764
河邊宮室図

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
190.5 x 75.0 cm. (75 x 29 1/2 in.)

Inscription:
“During the seventh lunar month, autumn of the year 1764, by Yuan Yao of Hanshang (Yangzhou).”

Artist’s seals:
Yuan Yao zhiyin; Zhaodao shi

Collectors’ seals:
Two, including one of Sun Zhouchang

Lin Chaokai [Lin Ch’ao-k’ai] (early 18th century)<br>林朝楷<br>
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Lin Chaokai [Lin Ch’ao-k’ai] (early 18th century)
林朝楷

“Peonies in Wooden Container”
木箱牡丹図

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
124.5 x 64.0 cm. (49 x 25 1/4 in.)

Inscription:
“In emulation of a work by Lang Shining, respectfully painted by your servitor Lin Chaokai.”

Artist’s seal:
Lin Chaokai

Collector’s seal:
Chengde tang ji (“Recorded in the Chengde Hall”).

Ts’ao K’uei-yin (active Ca. 1750)曹夔音
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Cao Kuiyin [Ts’ao K’uei-yin] (active ca. 1750)
曹虁音

“Dwellings in the Mountains” 山居図

Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
186.8 x 51.4 cm. (73 1/2 x 20 1/4 in.)

Inscription:
“Respectfully painted by your servitor, Cao Kuiyin.”

Artist’s seals:
Chen Cao Kuiyin (“Your servitor, Cao Kuiyin”); Gonghua (“Respectfully painted”)

Collector’s seal:
Gaoshi jiancang shuhua yin

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