Loon Gu Sai, Beijing, to 1909 
From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Loon Gu Sai, Beijing, in 1909 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 621, 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.
 See note 1.
 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.
- Previous Owner(s)
Loon Gu Sai (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Reflecting the wealth and privilege of their high social class, three aristocratic equestrians race through an open forest glade, engaged either in training or sport and clearly enjoying their sleek, well-fed steeds. This is probably a surviving portion of a much larger work. All three horsemen look to the left, where the focus of the original composition used to be. Earlier paintings of the same sort suggest their common origin in the tenth century. Certain stylistic qualities of this work, such as the flat rocks in the foreground rendered in wide strokes of ink, define it as a product of the middle years of the Ming dynasty (13681644).
- Published References
- Osvald Siren. Chinese Paintings in American Collections. Annales du Musee Guimet. Bibliotheque d'art. Nouvelle serie. II Paris and Brussels, 1927-1928. pl. 53.
- Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku (Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. p. 248.
- "明画全集 第二十卷 第一册 佚名." The Complete Works of Ming Dynasty, Volume 20, Volume 1, Anonymous. Hangzhou, China. p. 273-277, fig. 45.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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