Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting
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Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting
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Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting Anonymous (late 19th century) A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting
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Anonymous (late 19th century)
A trompe-l'oeil landscape and figural painting
In three panels, ink and color on silk, mounted on canvas and stretched over wood frames; depicting in the center background a river landscape lined by fantastic rocks and tall pines under a clear blue sky, in the foreground a wood-latticed terrace with two boys playing among garden stools of polychrome lacquer with possible red marble seats, and beyond the terrace on both sides, an interior garden with covered galleries and tile-roofed halls lined with red rails; the central panel bearing an inscription reading chen Lang Shining gong hui and two seals reading chen Shining and gong hui.
111 x 80in (282 x 203.2cm) dimensions of central panel
111 x 30in (282 x 83.8cm) dimensions of each side panel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Bonhams, San Francisco, 20 December 2011, lot 8373

    Wall-sized trompe l'oeil paintings were among the many European-style visual delights that fascinated the Qianlong emperor (r. 1735-1795). Called tongjinghua and xianfahua, these paintings often served to visually extend the space of interior rooms as well as the symbolic meaning of their decorations. The Italian master Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining, 1688-1766), who served at the imperial courts of the Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong emperors, taught western painting techniques to Chinese artists in the imperial academy. Evidence of Chinese court painters' mastery of western perspective and illusionism can be found in the surviving trompe l'oeil murals ordered by the Qianlong emperor for the decoration of his retirement retreat, the Qianlong Garden. Two of these murals are reproduced in Nancy Berliner, The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City (Salem, Massachusetts: Peabody Essex Museum), plates 40 (cat. 44) and 57 (cat. 53).

    The present painting carries on the tradition of such trompe l'oeil murals, in this instance likely visually opening an interior room to include a garden courtyard and a scenic view of magnificent nature beyond. As discussed by Berliner in the essay 'The Qianlong Garden in the Palace of Tranquility and Longevity,' the inclusion of children (in this case male) in these visually engaging paintings suggests the wish for male progeny.
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