30 October 2000
WANG JIAN (1598-1677)
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and light colour on silk
98.4 x 49 cm. (38 3/4 x 19 1/4 in.)
Signed: Wang Jian
Two seals of the artist: Yuan Zhao, Wang Jian Zhi Yin
Dated summer of dingwei year (1667)
One collector's seal: Yi Lian Shen Ding
From the Rewi Alley Collection, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Rewi Alley, a native of New Zealand, spent a large part of his life in China (from 1927 to 1987). Collecting Chinese art was one of his passions, when not devoting himself to working alongside the Chinese in bettering their general social conditions. His collection of Chinese art is housed in the Rewi Alley Colection in the Canterbury Museum, and the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, New Zealand. For more biographical information, see Phillipa Reynolds, Rewi Alley - From Canterbury to China, New Zealand, 1997.
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