Wang Fangyu (1913-1997) and Sum Wai (1918-1996), to 1997 
Shao F. Wang, New York and Short Hills, NJ, by descent, to 1998 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Shao F. Wang in 1998
 According to Curatorial Note 5, Joseph Chang, May 7, 1998, and Joseph Chang, August 18, 1998, in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Shao F. Wang
Wang Fangyu 1913-1997
Sum Wai 1918 - 1996
Stealing an Urn of Wine was a favorite subject of the modern master Qi Baishi, for he painted similar compositions time and again. He apparently was fond of the comical story of Bi Zhuo, an official of the Ministry of Personnel during the Eastern Jin dynasty (317–420) who often drank excessively. Once, Bi was so drunk that he stumbled into a neighbor’s house and continued to drink from an urn of wine. Inebriated, he fell asleep next to it. The neighbor returned to discover his servants had tied up the esteemed official as a common thief. After being released, Bi invited his neighbor to have a drink by the urn--and then he stumbled away.
- Published References
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 262-263.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Rights Statement
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