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Xi Gang (1746-1803)<br>奚岡    清晚朝
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Xi Gang (1746-1803)
奚岡    清晚朝

“Spring Rain on Apricot Blossoms”

Folding fan, ink and color on paper
16.5 x 54.5 cm. (6 1/2 x 21 1/2 in.)

Artist’s seal:
Xi Gang

Inscription:
“A little bit of spring mist, moist like a tavern flag,
the red of the apricot blossoms overwhelms the fence of bamboo;
Rain reaches everywhere, the river current is swift,
only the support hums of the knots,
established when it was young.
A poem and painting by Tiesheng for the connoisseurship of master elder brother Youcun.”

Collector seals:
Danzhong jingjian; Ermao xinshang

Rose Image
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Wu Xizai (1799-1870)
吳熙載    清末朝

“Wisteria” & “Rose”

Two album leaves, ink and color on paper
18.0 x 49.6 cm. (7 x 19 1/2 in.)

Inscriptions:
Wisteria: “For the smiling corrections of Master Budong, Xizai.”

Rose: “Wu Xizai, called Rangzhi.”

Artist’s seal on each:
Wu Xizai

Colophon:
“Among Master Wu’s paintings these two leaves are superb and should be treasured. After Rangzhi (Wu Xizai), only Liang Gongyue (Liang Yan, b. 1864) in our district did flower paintings with a scholarly air. Today there is no one like Gongyue, and how much more is this true of Rangzhi?”
By Chen Yanhua (zhuren 1902) in 1932

Published:
James Cahill, et.al., Go Shoseki Sai Hakuseki (Wu Ch’ang-shih Ch’i Pai-shih), Bunjinga Suihen, vol. 10, Tokyo, 1977, pl. 99.

Recent provenance:
James Cahill, Berkeley

Tang Shishu (1831-1902)<br>汤世澍    清末朝
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Tang Shishu (1831-1902)
汤世澍    清末朝

“Flowers” 1876

Album of 12 leaves, ink & color on silk
Each 29.0 x 29.0 cm. (11 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.)

Inscription:
“Three days before the beginning of spring of the year 1876 during the Guangxu reign era, Tang Shishu
of Southern Lanling painted this at White-cloud Stream.”

Artist’s seals:
Chunyoulou zhuren (“Masters of the Spring Rain Tower”);Tang Shishu; Zhunzhi; Tang Zhunzhi; Zhunzhi shuhua; Shishu

Okamoto Shuki (1807-1882)<br>岡本 秋暉    江戸時代
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Okamoto Shuki (1807-1882)
岡本 秋暉    江戸時代

“Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons” 1859

Pair of six-fold screens, ink and color on paper
Each 180.0 x 379.0 cm. (70 7/8 x 149 1/4 in.)

Inscription:
“During the time of autumn flowers of the year 1859 within the Ansei reign-era by Shuki.”

Artist’s seal:
Shuki

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