Four Chinese paintings, watercolor on silk, each depicting male adult and child figures engaged in leisure activities, and framed in matching gilt fret-carved frames. Panel 1 depicts figures dancing and making music in and outside a house; scholarly objects sit atop tables and a waterfall is seen in the background. Panel 2 depicts figures flying a kite from a terrace and playing games on the ground. Panel 3 depicts figures walking over a bridge. One rides a stick horse and another rides atop a larger figure's shoulders. Panel 4 depicts figures fishing in a river. All are unsigned. Overall framed dimensions - 66 1/2" x 26 1/2". Chinese, mid 19th century or earlier. Provenance: Private Tullahoma, TN collection. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)
Panel 1 - A few scattered tears and losses to silk, most noticeably in roof. Panel 2 - Several wrinkles, light stains, and losses to silk ground, with infill painting at edges. Multiple tears and losses. Panel 3 - Several creases and losses, hole up to 1" near bottom. Panel 4 - Major losses to ends and sides with infill painting to lost areas. 9"-10" at top and bottom of panel are infill painted. Scattered creases and smaller tears and losses. particularly at sides.