The second of three late 18th / early 19th century album leaves that we will be offering in Tangrams this month, and from what was clearly an album of horses, this delightful humorous image depicts a mandarin attempting to get a balky horse onto a very small ferryboat. With little success; clearly to the delight of the ferryman! The mandarin is stripped to his undergarments, his robe draped over the horse's saddle. Two birds swoop to take in the scene.
Known for his horse paintings, and as is typical of Chinese artists of this period, Jin Rujian has obviously been influenced by the Western painting styles introduced, first to the Chinese court and spreading from there, by the Jesuits, particularly Giuseppe Castiglione ( Chinese name Lang Shining or 郎世寜. ）Nevertheless, the work is clearly that of a Chinese artist and, we judge, for domestic consumption i.e. not an export painting.
Ink & color on stiff paper. Size: 11 3/8" x 14 1/4" Condition: Remains of red cloth mounting. Some discoloration to sheet; hinge slightly starting etc. Support deteriorating in one corner -- please see photos.
Provenance: American Private Collection; London Art Market, probably in the 1950's/1960's.
As mentioned above, there are three leaves from this album; if one customer purchases all three at the same time, we are offering a 10% discount.
Please email with any questions and please check out our other Chinese paintings on Tangrams. We have both xieyi and gongbi pieces. Thanks for dropping by!
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Antique Chinese Watercolor Painting Horse & Mandarin at River Ferry Jin Rujian 金如鑒 18/19th C Sealed