Here for your consideration is the first of two stunning antique New's Year's prints from the famous Yangliuqing print studio in Tianjin. Depicting the brothers Boyi and Shuqi in an idyllic landscape, this is a beautiful example of the history series of fine images produced by this studio. The woodbloc print is finished with hand-coloring, including facial features and the iconic cobalt blue robes which were the hallmark of Yangliuqing.
"Boyi or Bo Yi (Chinese: 伯夷; pinyin: Bó Yí; Wade–Giles: Po I) and his brother Shuqi or Shu Qi (Chinese: 叔齊; pinyin: Shū Qí; Wade–Giles: Shu Ch'i) were two brothers who lived in China at the time of the transition between the Shang dynasty and the Zhou dynasty. They are still remembered in Chinese literary culture for their personal and moral virtue, loyalty, and pacifist idealism. Sometimes they are referred to together just as "Boyi". They were natives of the state of Guzhu (in modern Hebei province, around the area of Tangshan). At the time, a vassal state of the Shang dynasty." Wikipedia.
Chinese Nianhua or New Year's Pictures fall into an ancient folk-art tradition in China. Designed to be ephemeral -- either destroyed or torn down at the end of their useful period -- very few antique examples survive. The two we are offering, #A and #B, were collected "old" by a missionary in China, and were brought back to the US in the early 1950's and framed shortly thereafter for protection. As a result, the colors are very fresh and vivid. We have not attempted to remove them, and all photos have been shot through the glass.
Size: image 11 3/8" x 10 5/8", 28.9 x 27 cms. Frame: 18 1/4 x 17 1/4", 46.4 x 43.8 cms.
Condition: we have not examined this out of the frame. Visible is minor creasing, some soiling or ink blotches on the face of the left-hand figure. A patch of blank paper to the upper left of the left hand mountain -- this appears either to be skinning or, more likely, a patch where the printing did not "take". Ditto a tiny patch to the right of the 戈 character. Otherwise, no damage, restoration or repair that we can spot.
This pair of prints were not designed to be displayed as a pair, so we are offering them separately. They are, however, identically framed with a beautiful moire matt, and would make a very handsome twosome. We will offer a 10% discount if purchased together at the same time. Shipping charges will also be adjusted if they can be shipped in the same box.
Texas buyers please note that sales tax will be collected either by Ruby Lane or by us.