Assemblage of objects to celebrate the Chinese New Year

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, ca. 1800
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 63 × 54.9 cm (24 13/16 × 21 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

celebration, China, new year, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)

To 1916
Wang Jiantang, Shanghai to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wang Jiantang, in New York in 1916 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 991, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Wang Jiantang (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


The objects in this painting and their wooden stands are typical of what could be seen in the Qing dynasty. Moreover, a genre of paintings that depicted assembled antiquities and objects with references to celebrating the New Year (fire crackers, fruits with symbolic associations, and the decoration of a catfish and ruyi spectre (may you have what you wish in the New Year) was a popular phenomenon in the second half of the Qing dynasty.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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