About This Artwork

Chen Chun (Chen Daofu)
Chinese, 1483-1544

Pavilion of Eight Poems, Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 1538

Handscroll; ink on paper
Painting: 10 x 48 in.; calligraphy: 10 x 165 in.
On painting: Two seals in lower right corner: 1. Four characters - Examined and approved by Modest Studio (seal of Pang Lai-chen). 2. Six characters - Collected and approved by Lai Chen, a Genuine Work (seal of Pang Lai-chen). Three seals in lower left corner: 1. Three characters - Fu-fu Shih (seal of the painter). 2. Four characters - Pai-yang-shan-jen (seal of the painter). 3. Six characters - Family possession of Mei An Lin Shih (seal of a collector).
At end of colophon on separate paper: "Written and signed by Ch'en Tao-fu, in my country house, on the 16th day of the 5th month in the year Wu Hsueh (A.D. 1538)."
Under the signature are three seals: 1. Three characters - Fu-fu Shih. 2. Four characters - Pai-yang-shan-jen. 3. Four characters - Ch'en Shih Tao-fu. (All seals of the painter).

At the lower right corner of the poems is a seal in four characters---Modest Studio's Luck in Ink. Two Seals follow the calligraphy in the lower left corner of the paper.

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment Fund, 1944.600

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Detroit Institute of Arts, The Arts of the Ming Dynasty, 1952

Publication History

Paul L. Grigaut, E.P. Richardson, The Arts of the Ming Dynasty (The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1952), No. 34, p. 13.

Kelley, Charles F., "A Flowering Lotus Scroll of the Ming Dynasty," The Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly, November, 1956, p. 67.

Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Paintings: Vol. 1 American and Canadian Collections, compiled by Kei Suzuki , by University of Tokyo Press, 1982; page I-32,33,No. A 3–010.

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