25 September 2020
A RARE LARGE POLYCHROME FRESCO
MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
The fresco fragment is painted with a female deity, probably Xiwangmu, wearing a tiara centered with a peacock, and seated in a chariot drawn by a phoenix and traveling over clouds. She is surrounded by all seven female attendants, two holding up peacock feather fans over the head of the deity, one holding a tripod censer and one proffering a tray of peaches. The scene is painted in bright red, green and blue pigments, with details picked out in raised gesso.
49 ½ in. (125.73 cm.) high x 35 in. (88.9 cm.) wide, excluding softwood frame
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 4-5 April 1940, lot 253.
Private collection, Connecticut.
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A related fresco dated to the Ming dynasty was sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2019, lot 1771, and another large fresco from the collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth was sold at Christie's New York, 20 March 2015, lot 772.
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