During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) every important family honored their ancestors via portraits such as this. Standing at over five feet high it is painted on paper mounted on a silk roll then affixed to a masonite base. The man's winter robe is in a deep blue - the official color of the Qing dynasty indicating he was a minor prince or nobleman. Fur collar and lining indicates he isa man of means along with his fur winter hat topped with a gold pendant embellished with precious stones. The square rank badge at the center of his robe includes a golden quail amidst clouds - a symbol of courage. Nearby is a "wan" the Chinese swastika symbol which translated means "all things." Black frame with gold leaf border measures 35.25' wide x 61.25" high x 2" deep. NO glass glazing at this time. The artwork itself measures 29.75" side x 55.75" high. Painting is in very good condition with some minor paint loss due to age (see photos for details). Frame has minor dings, scratches, and marks commensurate with age. It is slightly warped which can be remedied by installation of glass and backing.
Monumental Chinese Ancestral Portrait - Qing Dynasty
Painting is in very good vintage condition. Some areas of paint loss (see photos for details) commensurate with age. No rips, tears, or substantial surface damage. Slight loss of silk border at top center. (see photo for details). Frame is in very good vintage condition. Some dings, scratches, marks commensurate with age. NO glazing. Frame is slightly warped which should be corrected once glass and a new backing are installed.