This is one of the most sought-after images in the Ten Bamboo Studio / Shizhuzhai portfolio, "Two Crossed Branches in Snow" #3 from the Volume on Plums from the Treatise on Calligraphy and Painting of the Ten Bamboo Studio by the late Ming dynasty seal carver Hu Zhengyan (1584-1674).
"The book, a set of early color woodblock prints known as The Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Pictures, was published in 1633 by Hu Zhengyan (1584-1674). Hu, a noted publisher, calligrapher, and seal-carver, named the book after his Ten Bamboo Studio in Nanjing, where he and his friends would gather. The book is understood to be among the earliest existing examples of color woodblock printing in China, produced as a work of art but also as a manual to demonstrate painting techniques and different ways of presenting elements in nature.
The prints featured in the book include elements typically associated with Chinese gardens: orchid, bamboo, flowering plum, fruits, sculptural rocks, birds and flowers, and calligraphy, among others. They look stunningly like paintings because of the innovative techniques used in printing multiple colors." Huntingdon Library, California.
There were many editions of this classic, and we have been unable to ascertain to which edition this particular image belongs. It is tipped down on a backing sheet notated in pencil with Japanese Edition, however there is no reference given and we have no reason to suppose this is accurate. From the paper and wear, we are placing this firmly in the 18th century if not earlier and from the appearance of the woodblock, around the middle of an edition run.
Size: sheet approx 10 1/2" x 11 1/2". Condition: usual issues with prints from this portfolio -- soiling of paper, tears and creases to edges, worm holes etc. Where the print is tipped to the backing, tears to the paper. Our price reflects these issues. And it is a rare chance to acquire this classic image.
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