Two Doves on a Flowering Branch

Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Bian Luan (active late 8th-early 9th century)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 60.1 x 39 cm (23 11/16 x 15 3/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1916.523
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
China, dove, flower, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Provenance

Duanfang (1861-1911), China [1]

To 1916
Pang Yuanji (1864-1949), Shanghai, China, to 1916 [2]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Pang Yuanji, through Pang Zanchen (1881-1951) and Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi) (late 19th-early 20th century), in New York, in 1916 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Remarks in the object record.

[2] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1112, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, P'ang Catalogue: Antique Famous Chinese Paintings Collected by P'ang Lai Ch'en, no. 5. 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.

[3] 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), pg. 23 and pg. 37, note 118. Larsen explains that Pang Zanchen (the younger brother of Pang Yuanji) and Seaouke Yue were tasked by Pang Yuanji with bringing his paintings to New York to show them to Charles Lang Freer. See also, Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1112, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[4] 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Duanfang 1861-1911
Pang Yuanji (C.L. Freer source) 1864-1949

Published References
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku [Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. vol. 1: p. 190.
  • Osvald Siren. Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles. 7 vols., New York and London, 1956-1958. vol. 6: pl. 35.
  • Pang Yuanji. Tang Wu dai Song Yuan ming hua: Wuxing Pang shi cang [Antique Famous Chinese Paintings: Collected by P'ang Lai Ch'en]. Shanghai. vol. 1: pl. 5.
  • Osvald Siren. Chinese Paintings in American Collections. Annales du Musee Guimet. Bibliotheque d'art. Nouvelle serie. II Paris and Brussels, 1927-1928. pl. 49.
  • Dorothy Adlow. Two Doves on a Flowering Branch: A Chinese Painting. Boston, February 8, 1949. p. 8.
  • Agnes E. Meyer. The Charles L. Freer Collection. vol. 12, no. 2 Brooklyn, August 1927. pp. 62, 64-82, p. 81.
  • Public Favorites., February 9, 1955. p. 64.
  • "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. pp. 250-253, fig. 40.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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