Han Palace Scene, Garden Pavilion with Gardeners, both bearing signatures for Qiu Ying (Ch'iu Ying, Chinese, 1494-1552) and stamped, ink and color on silk, 11-3/8 x 46-1/4 in. (watercolors), 14-1/8 x 54-3/4 in. (mounts); fine wood frames with glass
Notes:Â QiuÂ YingÂ is regarded as one of the four masters of Ming and is one of the most replicated. According to the consignor these silk panels were purchased by her grandmother who "traveled when she was a young lady. The story is that she purchased these 2 panels and a young man friend she met was going to send on the other 2 panels. They never arrived. Each panel represents a season. My grandmother was born in 1878. Her family was affluent and all of the children traveled extensively."
both with dark toning (or intentional staining), losses to silk, retouch, Japanese mount with inscription corresponding to October 28, 1829, both stretched on strainer, one strainer with pest damage, mounted to gold-leafed paper, holes in each with 7 involving painting on one and six on the other, losses to gold leaf and other various holes in mount