Posted By: Bill H Thu, Nov 15, 2018 IP: 2601:342:200:2191:a5
I received these photos recently from a friend seeking help identifying the painter and value of this scroll, which appears to be painted on silk. My inclination is that it perhaps is better saved in a regular frame than going to the expense to restore it as a scroll. However, I am not an expert in these things and hope to get forum advice more befitting the item.
First of all, I can read the title of “Zhuozu Tu” (濯足圖) “Foot-washing Picture”, and the first character of the signature and red seal appears to start with the surname “Xue” (雪), while the other character may or may not be Zhou”(洲). I’d appreciate verification or corrections. I couldn't find an obvious information on a painter of that name, so perhaps it is a style name or other artistic signature.
My best guess is that this scroll was displayed for years in a sunny spot where it faded greatly, whereas the matting stained darker from atmospheric pollution and age. The roller ends look like Bakelite or plastic I’ve seen on other scrolls from a decade or so before and after World War II. The painting style appears to be circa late 19th-early 20th century, compared mainly to porcelain painting I’ve seen from that period. Its dimensions on the painted portion are 26” x 44.5”.
Any and all comments and suggestions will be appreciated.