Subject:Re: inscriptions help
Posted By: rat Sun, Sep 09, 2018
I'm sorry this isn't the help you are looking for John, but I think this is a recent fantasy piece. The depiction of the heron and lotus resemble decorative paintings of 1990s/2000s China, not late Northern Song style. Also, Northern Song gongbi paintings were on silk rather than paper, though this picture is on paper.
The hand that wrote the Xiang Shengmo inscription also resembles the writing on recent imitations. It is poor quality calligraphy, and I have never seen any zhuanshu calligraphy by Xiang Shengmo. Have you found reliable zhuanshu handwriting by Xiang Shengmo to compare it to?
Finally, the inscription supposedly by Xiang Yuanbian writes Zhang Ji's given name incorrectly: Zhang's name is 張激, not 張記, as is written here. As one of the most discerning and renowned collectors in all of Chinese history, Xiang Yuanbian simply would not have made that mistake.