The silk panels are finely worked, each with a poem inscribed above a branch of seasonal flowers issuing from a rocky outcrop, one panel depicting flowering prunus, another with peach-blossoms and the third with a branch of fruiting peaches, all mounted as hanging scrolls (minor repairs)
18 x 5 3/4 in. (45.8 x 14.5 cm.) largest (3)

Lot Essay

Each poem is of a seven-character verse and may be translated as:

Peach blossom panel:

Musk powder lightly mixed with rouge,
to capture a gentle feminine sway;
reciting this poem is like an echo in a valley;
(one can) feel the style of Xu Xi.

Xu Xi is a famous 8th century artist.

Prunus panel:

The prunus stylistically symbolises immortality,
the leader of all flowers as it first springs to bloom;
as arranged by Dongwang,
the new buds will be appreciated by young gentlemen.

Dongwang is the mythical Emperor of the East

Peach panel:

A headdress partially spread with leaves like emerald wings;
shallow river water as if a reflecting jade mirror;
even though the Celestial Palace is empty,
the process of flowering and bearing of fruit will continue eternal.

Compare an example of similar size with flowering prunus and a short Qianlong inscription, illustrated in Tapestry in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Tokyo, no. 78.


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