A most unusual, and striking, decorative work of Asian art: an impressive, very large, monumental old Chinese watercolor and ink painting, the entire panel measuring a robust 37" by 67 1/2" (an even more impressive 47" by 79" framed---TWO METERS IN LENGTH). The antique work comes from the disposition of a local Brentwood, California estate, the home of a private collector. Family members stated that the piece was purchased in 1970 from the famous MGM auction run by a David Weisz---at which were sold props used in movies in preceding decades (including major items such as Judy Garland's Wizard of Oz slippers, Marilyn Monroe-worn dresses, etc.). The auction was a major event even in its time, and was a multi-day affair with something like five catalogs describing it all. So research should be able to establish that this appeared in that catalog. The letters "M-G-M" are written in pencil on the wood backing, along with some reference numbers. The family said it was their recollection that their relative paid "a number of thousands" for it then, over 45 years ago. An auction house specialist has identified the scene portrayed as the Yiheyuan summer palace outside of Beijing, China. Note the most unusual and interesting steamboats at lower left center, which would certainly help date it to the middle of the 19th century, perhaps 1860. There are three seals, one at lower left, and two at lower right (the upper one there faint--). In addition there are many calligraphic characters spread throughout the image, over doorways, near the boat and so forth. These seals and characters might shed more information on authorship to those able to decipher them. The thin old paper is laid on panel. The overall effect is fine, though upon closer examination one can see considerable evidence of age, such as generalized wear, discolorations, cracks in brittle paper, and several paper losses. This is all acceptable within the context of the size and age of the work. Due to the size of this antique work, I am ideally seeking a local buyer from Southern California, or, a buyer who will be willing to deal with making their own shipping arrangements to a final destination. I cannot myself ship the work. Many, more detailed photos upon request; the allowed nine do not begin to show this work to best advantage.
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