1. Wisteria, Wu
Gallery 13, in the low case directly opposite the Object of the Month.
The artist who produced this exquisite piece also provided the calligraphy
for Ren Yi’s God of Longevity, With Attendant. First of all a renowned
poet and calligrapher, only later considering himself a painter, Wu Changshuo
has captured the beautiful form of this mauve-coloured wisteria. Notice
how the soft and delicate rendering of the hanging flowers contrasts with
the bold inked outlines of the leaves.
Exit the Chinese Paintings Gallery via the stairs near the small lift.
Once in the next gallery, look in the first case to your right.
Bottom shelf, centre
This highly decorative and colourful inkstone would have been used in
the painting process. The ink, in stick form, would have been ground with
water into the white part of the inkstone and the resulting liquid ink
would have collected in the small well, ready to be used.
These two blue and white brushrests are designed to hold four brushes.
Floor case to your left.
Most of these sealstones are imperial and carved with suitably grand decorations.
However, at least one (a small, but tall, brownish seal stone with accession
number 1970.49) belonged to an artist and may well have been used to authenticate
his work. The inscription on the side reads “[Engraved by] Sanqiao...”.
Sanqiao was a pen name of Weng Pen (1489-1573), a famous painter, poet
and seal carver.