Subject:Re: Chinese hanging scroll painting
Posted By: rat Tue, Sep 10, 2019
Yes, forgeries have been a problem for centuries in China, and assessing authenticity is unfortunately a critical skill for anyone who pursues this field avidly. Unfortunately because it's sometimes quite difficult to be definitive on the subject and experts will often differ. This is partly because painters learned by copying existing works, so there are tons of copies out there (to which signatures have often been added by the unscrupulous), and for some early works the only surviving thing we have today are copies from sometimes centuries later. Anyway, long story, but an interesting one if are into Sherlock Holmes.
This picture is like the other one, made within recent decades, reasonably good in traditional style (but seemingly without the artificial distressing of the other one), signed in the left by someone I can't make out from your photo but who no doubt is supposed to be quite well known, and then at the right with a fake "A Treasure!" inscription "signed" by Ming painter Wen Jia (so the artist whose name is signed on the left will predate Wen Jia). Not sure whose name is written at the bottom right either, but as this is a modern imitation of a traditional picture, it's not essential. A number of the many seals again are associated with the Qianlong emperor, who used to apply them to paintings and calligraphy in the imperial collection.
Here are four Ming pictures all pasted next to each other to look like one that show the general type of thing this painting is after. https://www.comuseum.com/culture/four-arts/
Enjoy the paintings, I don't mean to discount the pleasure they bring in any way, but you should know that they aren't the imperial heirlooms they are otherwise pretending to be.