The Hall of Scenic Beauty 有美堂圖

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At A Glance

  • Period

    17th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink and color on silk
  • Dimension

    H x W (image): 196.2 x 98.2 cm (77 1/4 x 38 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Copy after Qiu Ying 仇英 (ca. 1494-1552)
  • Description

    Depicts, in the "blue and green style," a dwelling with an open pavilion overlooking a bay. The mountainous landscape is dotted with various trees, some flowering; roofs of a group of buildings can be seen at the right. Groups of commercial and fishing boats are moored and sailing in the bay. In the open pavilion, two attendants stand beside three gentlemen who are seated at a table set with food and drink. Two figures occupy a room below. Outside the building, a groom attends a horse, an attendant carries a rolled banner, and another carries a bundle of scrolls. Six seals, siganture and inscription, label on back. One of two with F1909.157.
  • Signatures

    Signature on back
  • Marks

    Six seals, label on back.
  • Inscriptions

    Inscription on back
  • Provenance

    To 1909
    Loon Gu Sai, Beijing, to 1909 [1]
    From 1909 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Loon Gu Sai, Beijing, in 1909 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 614, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. According to Ingrid Larsen, "'Don’t Send Ming or Later Pictures': Charles Lang Freer and the First Major Collection of Chinese Painting in an American Museum," Ars Orientalis vol. 40 (2011), Loon Gu Sai was possibly Lunguzhai, a store in the antiques district of Liulichang.
    This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Looking Out, Looking In: Art in Late Imperial China (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Palaces and Pavilions: Grand Architecture in Chinese Painting (September 29, 2002 to March 30, 2003)
    On the River (April 01, 1995 to January 23, 1996)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Loon Gu Sai (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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