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PROPERTY FROM THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION MONASTERY

A GILT-GROUND GU FAMILY EMBROIDERED ‘GUANDI’ PANEL
LATE 16TH / EARLY 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 USD
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885

PROPERTY FROM THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION MONASTERY

A GILT-GROUND GU FAMILY EMBROIDERED ‘GUANDI’ PANEL
LATE 16TH / EARLY 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A GILT-GROUND GU FAMILY EMBROIDERED ‘GUANDI’ PANEL
LATE 16TH / EARLY 17TH CENTURY
depicting Guandi attended by Zhou Cang wielding a halberd, with a short poem inscribed in ink at the top center, against a later-added gilt ground
Height of frame 29 5/8  in., 75.2 cm; Width 21 in., 53.3 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Dr. Richard Stockton, Father Arsenius (1929-2011), acquired in China in the 1950s, bequeathed to the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, Massachusetts.

Catalogue Note

Based in Shanghai in the Ming dynasty, the Gu family was renowned for its embroidery work and use of exceptionally fine threads, innovating new techniques and stitches for xiuhua, ‘embroidered paintings’ such as the present example. Their work was acclaimed by late Ming scholars including Dong Qichang (1555-1636), who wrote a colophon on the album 'Flowers and Fishes' (1641) by Han Ximeng, a member of the Gu family.

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