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Chinese Spotted Deer Painting Fragment, Dated 1751

$3,880

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Also known as spirit screens, small Chinese table screens such as this were often used to block drafts and other intrusions in a scholar's workspace. Like every aspect of a scholar's studio, such screens were ornamented with images that inspired contemplation and added beauty to its surroundings. This early 20th century spirit screen from Nanping, Fujian province was once a simple mirror set in a carved pearwood frame. At some point in its long life, the mirror was carefully scraped away and replaced with a fragment of a Fine 18th century scroll painting. Depicting two spotted deers beneath a pine tree, both potent symbols of longevity, the fragment is beautifully painted with intricate brushwork and framed by a muted silk brocade. Signed by artist Shen Yu, the painting was created for the mid-autumn festival in 1751 and includes a message reading "best wishes to become an official." Likely commissioned as a gift for a friend or family member, the delicate painting lives on as a storied relic of the past.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.25 in. (81.92 cm)Width: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Depth: 6 in. (15.24 cm)
  • Style
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    CarvedPearwood,Paper
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1751
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. This is a mid-18th century painting fragment that was later set within an early 20th century table screen.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: BJH0141stDibs: LU820022422822

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    $175 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Chicago, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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Located in Chicago, IL

PAGODA RED is a renowned resource for designers as well as collectors of contemporary and ancient Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. They offer a curated edit of fine and provincial furniture, ceramics, scholars' objects, and paintings and textiles, each piece historically and geographically authentic.

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