A Spring Gathering

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Artist: Shen Zhou 沈周 (1427-1509)
Calligrapher: Attached calligraphy by Shen Zhou 沈周 (1427-1509) Frontispiece by Hongli, the Qianlong emperor (1711-1799, reigned 1735-1796)
Colophon: Colophon by Wen Zhengming 文徵明 (1470-1559)
Inscription: Inscription on front mounting by Hongli, the Qianlong emperor (1711-1799, reigned 1735-1796) Three inscriptions on painting by Hongli, the Qianlong emperor (1711-1799, reigned 1735-1796)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, ca. 1480?
Wu School
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 26.5 x 131.1 cm (10 7/16 x 51 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


boat, bridge, China, hill, landscape, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), pine tree, scholar, spring, WWII-era provenance

To 1934
C.T. Loo & Company, New York. [1]

From 1934
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company, New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. See also invoice from C.T. Loo, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Published References
  • Nakata Yujiro Fu Shen. O-bei shuzo Chugoku hosho meiseki shu (Masterpieces of Chinese Calligraphy in American and European Collections). 6 vols., Tokyo, 1981-1983. pls. 19-22.
  • Osvald Siren. Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles. 7 vols., New York and London, 1956-1958. pl. 188-189.
  • Robert Hans van Gulik. Chinese Pictorial Art as Viewed by the Connoisseur: Notes on the Means and Methods of Traditional Chinese Connoisseurship of Pictorial Art, Based Upon a Study of the Art of Mounting Scrolls in China and Japan.
    . Orientale Roma, vol. 19 Rome. opp. pp. 39, 126, figs. 19, 61.
  • Richard Edwards. The Field of Stones: A Study of the Art of Shen Chou (1427-1509). Oriental Studies Series, no. 5 Washington, 1962. cat. 34, p. 100, pls. 31; 32 BCD.
  • Anne de Coursey Clapp. The Painting of T'ang Yin. Chicago. pp. 117, 120, fig. 39.
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku (Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. pp. 200-203.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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