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    Chess playing by Fu Baoshi, 1904-1965

    Fu Baoshi was a literati painter, art educator and art historian. This painting reflects the period in the artist's life when his brush work had become bold, using a dotting method to bring harmony and unity to his landscapes.

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    Life in a village by Nie Ou, 1948-

    Painted by a female artist who taught herself to paint and who lived in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution.

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    After Hiroshige, front view stage 1 by unknown

    One of nineteen prints which illustrate the process of making a multi-block multicolor woodblock print.The print reproduced is the view of Asakusa Kinryuzan (Asakusa Kannon Temple) from Ando Hiroshige’s Toto yukimi hakkei (Eight Views of Snow in the Eastern Capital).

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    After Hiroshige, front view stage 11 by unknown

    One of nineteen prints which illustrate the process of making a multi-block multicolor woodblock print. The print reproduced is the view of Asakusa Kinryuzan (Asakusa Kannon Temple) from Ando Hiroshige’s Toto yukimi hakkei (Eight Views of Snow in the Eastern Capital).

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    Pathway to a Shrine, front view by Kobayashi Eijir?

    Appears from the size and paper quality to also come from the Hasegawa set. The view, looking out of a shrine gateway toward distant houses, with a full moon floating above, is lyrical and evocative.

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    Chinese Xingyao Porcelain Bowl (side)

    3 3/8" h x 6 1/4" at widest point. Unusual form of "Samarra" type. Ovate and faceted octagonally with beaded strips strung vertically between the panels, a grooved ring on the flat base forming a wide foot ring, horizontal fluted interior with impressed floral spray at the bottom, one slightly raised semi-circle at the exterior only with 'tear' stains running toward the base.

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    Chinese Ladies - part of set

    Back view of painted earthenware figures of women, boasting long sleeves and slender shape and an extended bouffant hairstyle. Funerary figurines

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Earthenware Tomb Vase
    Chinese Earthenware Tomb Vase

    7 1/2" h. Bottle-form vase with pyriform body raised on a high splayed foot, the neck spreading outward near the top of culminating to an inverted scalloped collar which is surmounted by an inward tapered lip, two degenereated animal head handles are applied to the neck, molded with lobed bulbous portion above which is a band of vertical reeding with looped pendants, then a Greek key band followed finally by reeding continuing up to the collar, minutely crazed greenish-beige glaze carelessly applied.

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    Chinese Dingyao Vase

    5 5/5" h. A baluster dorm with undulating foliate mouth and tall splayed foot ring , decorated in low relief, molded, with four separated panels of stiff lotus blossoms framed in arabesque reserve and divided by broad vertical columns which is all flanked by bands, top and bottom, of very thin rayed leaves, the bottom band continuing down the foot, extremely thin and light weight, the buff white glaze covers just the exterior and part of the interior, leaving the concave domed interior and the foot ring unglazed, white porcelaneous body.

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    Landscape by Yu Jianhua, 1895-1979

    Artist is a native of Jinan in Shantung. He was an art historian, educator and author of books about Chinese art. The inscription: A westerly breeze rises in the mountains, and it ripples the flow of a distant river. The fisherman by the shore is called to pull up the silk bait, and he listens to the woodsman's song. Other text: Returning to Shanghai from north Fuchien in the spring of 1946, I found some old paper at home. It was fun to paint on it. No other paper can match its softness.

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    Senju Bridge by Night, front view by Shoda Koho

    Yet another print from the Hasegawa series of night scenes, this one foregrounds lantern-carrying pedestrians and a portable shop crossing the silhouetted bridge, with glimmers of light on a distant shore beyond passing boats.

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    Lake Biwa by Shoda Koho

    One of two prints from the Hasegawa series, and in fact represent one of the aspects unique to the woodblock print process. Using exactly the same blocks, but inking them with different sets of colors, the printers were able to produce visions of the same scene at different times of day. Both prints feature a boat setting off with passenger and boatman (or woman, given the hair length) in the foreground, the Ukimido at Katata, on Lake Biwa, in the background, and a pine branch silhouetted above. This one shows a dawn of browns and grays, no stars, and no touches of red—the lanterns have gone out as the sun prepares to rise.

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    Moonlit Bridge on the Sumida River, front view by Kobayashi Eijir?

    From the Hasegawa series. Inked in dark blue and black, this view of the bridge from below evokes Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Whistler.

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    After Hiroshige, front view stage 15 by unknown

    One of nineteen prints which illustrate the process of making a multi-block multicolor One of nineteen prints which illustrate the process of making a multi-block multicolor woodblock print.The print reproduced is the view of Asakusa Kinryuzan (Asakusa Kannon Temple) from Ando Hiroshige’s Toto yukimi hakkei (Eight Views of Snow in the Eastern Capital).

  • Thumbnail for After Hiroshige, front view stage 12
    After Hiroshige, front view stage 12 by unknown

    One of nineteen prints which illustrate the process of making a multi-block multicolor woodblock print.The print reproduced is the view of Asakusa Kinryuzan (Asakusa Kannon Temple) from Ando Hiroshige’s Toto yukimi hakkei (Eight Views of Snow in the Eastern Capital).

  • Thumbnail for After Hiroshige, front view stage 10
    After Hiroshige, front view stage 10 by unknown

    One of nineteen prints which illustrate the process of making a multi-block multicolor woodblock print. The print reproduced is the view of Asakusa Kinryuzan (Asakusa Kannon Temple) from Ando Hiroshige’s Toto yukimi hakkei (Eight Views of Snow in the Eastern Capital).

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    Chinese Proto-Yueyao Jar (side view)

    4" h. Ovate body with two small luted loop handles on either side of the shoulder, narrowing down towards the slightly concave base which is marked with diminishing arcs from the cord used to shear the bottom and also with residue of the kiln spurs. A short, narrow neck surmounted by a dished mouth. The finely crazed yellowish glaze falls partially down the body revealing the buff stoneware on the lower end and bottom.

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    Chinese Stoneware Jar-Large

    6 1/8" h. Ovate body with two small looped handles on the narrow shoulder below which are a double incised band above a six lobed mid-section extending two thirds down, a short and wide tubular neck with a thick rolled lip on top, the solid concave foot is beveled on the rim, traces of deteriorated splashed brown glaze which reached three-quarters down the side leaving the buff colored body exposed, traces of four spurs on the base.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Jizhou Tomb Vases (pair)
    Chinese Jizhou Tomb Vases (pair)

    Pair - 5 1/2" h. Baluster - 6 1/8" h. A pair of pyriform vases on a high splayed foot, molded with a raised floral scroll above a raised band which is over a band overlapping lotus leaves, an incised thin band on the wide neck terminating in a flat ringed mouth. The dirty light brown and crazed glaze on the exterior falls to halfway down the foot where the grey sugary body is brown from firing. A third vase is of baluster form with moled leaves on the shoulder below the bulbous portion and on the foot, two applied tubular handles above an incised ring on the neck. The dirty light brown glaze is halfway down the foot.

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    Landscape by Chang Ting, 1917-

    The artist studied abroad in Italy and France in 1954 but during the Cultural Revolution he was restricted to the countryside without any painting supplies. His paintings often incorporate elements of Chinese folk art.

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    Bamboo by Wang Qiyuan, 1895-1975

    The artist was born into the family of a Confucian scholar. He departed from traditional painting by using oils in the Western style as well as ink and watercolors. In 1941 he left China for the United States founding a school of Chinese brushwork in New York.

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    At play by Fu Xiaoshi, 1932-

    Fu Xiaoshi was one of the three children of Fu Baoshi, who also became artists like their father. He chose to become a figure painter. He had a difficult time during the Cultural Revolution.

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    Ancestor (female) by anonymous

    Anonymous female ancestor portrait.

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    Landscape by Zhang Daqian, 1899-1983

    Painted as a "gift painting" for Charles Chu in New Haven, Connecticut.

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    Lake Biwa by Starry Night, front view by Shoda Koho

    One of two prints from the Hasegawa series, and in fact represent one of the aspects unique to the woodblock print process. Using exactly the same blocks, but inking them with different sets of colors, the printers were able to produce visions of the same scene at different times of day. Both prints feature a boat setting off with passenger and boatman (or woman, given the hair length) in the foreground, the Ukimido at Katata, on Lake Biwa, in the background, and a pine branch silhouetted above. This print uses deep blues for much of the print, giving an impression of midnight, and with a few stars reserved in the sky.