Origin/value of Chinese ink drawing
July 11, 2012 5:12 PM   Subscribe

Origin/value of Chinese ink drawing

I have this 35.5" x 18.5" Chinese ink drawing, and three questions about it:

(1) What does it say? (I don't read Chinese.)

(2) Who is the artist?

(3) What is its re-sale value?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
posted by Eiwalker to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The first four words (辛亥嵗暮 xin1 hai4 sui4 mu4) could be referring to the end/last days of the 1911 Xinhai Revolution which marked the fall of the Qing dynasty in China.
posted by hellopanda at 2:15 AM on July 12, 2012

Best answer: The Chinese writing reads 辛亥嵗暮 葉公超寫. The first four characters indicate that this was drawn in the last half of the Xin Hai year of the sexagenary cycle, which in this case is probably 1971. The second four characters are "Written by Ye Gongchao," also known as Yeh Kung-ch'ao or George K.C. Yeh, the former Foreign Minister of the ROC.
posted by twisted mister at 3:33 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks twisted mister!

I just got the same answer independently from Dr. Patricia Berger, professor of Chinese Art at the University of California Berkeley.

She pointed out that there is also a book about his work called "The Elegant Gathering".
posted by Eiwalker at 3:18 PM on July 12, 2012

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