Artwork Panel: 63.5cm x 128.5cm ≈ 25" x 50½"
Silk/Brocade: 73.5cm x 184cm ≈ 29" x 72½"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 82.5cm ≈ 32½"Information about caring for your wall scroll
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
This wall scroll features a beautiful Chinese waiting for her or her services to be needed. She may be a noble or the servant of a noble (hard to tell from this composition). She may be waiting for her husband to return, or to be summoned by the royal person she serves.
I was holding this artwork in reserve. I had plans to put it on my own walls, but I'm out of space. This was painted in 2006, just before Qin Xia had a bad car accident, and eventually retired from painting.
This artwork is signed and dated (2006) by the artist. It is of the last of her best work of her career.
I got a chance to visit the artist's studio in Jinan city recently. I am so impressed by her style and detail in all of the paintings in her collection. I bought as much of her work as I could possibly afford, and I am sure that I will be back for more in a few months.
I also discovered that because she more than a little famous in China, there are a lot of forgeries on the market. I was given a lesson on how to spot forged paintings that are signed with her name. Of course, the best way to avoid that is to get your work directly from the artist and her family, which is why I made the trip to Jinan in the first place.
Her finished work
is always beautiful.
The artist, Qin Xia lives in Jinan which is the capital city of Shandong Province in northern China.
The red stamp and the Chinese characters close to the stamp say "Qin Xia" (the artist's signature). The other Chinese characters express the title and year painted (2008) in an ancient method that uses certain Chinese characters instead of numbers to represent the current year.
This is an "elaborate style painting" which has a lot of detail and uses a delicate technique with a very fine brush.
Each stroke is meticulously applied. This technique takes a long time for the artist to complete.
This is painted on special xuan paper (known by most as "rice paper") with Chinese black ink and watercolors. Later, I took this painting to Beijing where our master-scroll-maker handbuilt a wonderful silk scroll for this artwork.
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Feb 6th, 2014
Gary's random little things about China:
When you sit down to eat at a restaurant in China, you will almost never see a bottle of soy sauce on the table like you might at a Chinese restaurant in the USA or UK.
In Chinese cooking culture, soy sauce is a seasoning reserved for use in the kitchen.
The fact that soy sauce can be found at Chinese restaurants outside of China probably comes from westerner confusion between Japanese food and Chinese food.
The most popular Japanese food outside of Japan is sushi, which of course is always served with soy sauce. This is the most likely reason that soy sauce migrated out of the kitchen on onto the table at your Chinese restaurant in the west.