Looking at Flowering Plums and Reading

Maker(s)
Artist: Style of Ma Yuan 馬遠 (active late 12th-early 13th century) Formerly attributed to Li Tang 李唐 (ca. 1050s-after 1130)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century
School
Ma-Xia
Medium
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 22.5 x 22.4 cm (8 7/8 x 8 13/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth Meyer Epstein
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1992.45
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Fan (mounted as album leaf)

Keywords
China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), plum blossom, reading, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1970
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), New York,Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY. [1]

From 1970 to 1992
Ruth Meyer Epstein (1921-2007), Scarsdale, NY, by descent from her mother, Agnes E. Meyer. [2]

From 1992
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Ruth Meyer Epstein, New York. [3]

Notes:

[1] According to the acquisition report, dated June 12, 1992, the painting has been in the United States since at least 1919. Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer started collecting Asian art in 1914 and in the following years they acquired a number of Chinese paintings, primarily from Charles Lang Freer’s dealers in Shanghai.

[2] See Ruth Meyer Epstein’s Deed of Gift, dated July 9, 1992, copy in object file.

[3] See note 2. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer (1875-1959) and (1887-1970)
Mrs. Ruth Meyer Epstein

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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