Subject:Re: Authenticating a Wang Bu brushpot: what does the signature say?
Posted By: rat Fri, Nov 08, 2019
Am unfamiliar with his work so cannot comment on authenticity. A couple of things are puzzling me though; I leave it to you to decide if they are relevant to authenticity:
1. why are the sparrows(?) painted with individually articulated feathers that strongly resemble bamboo leaves? this seems a very simple option, whereas the tree trunk is nicely representational in contrast to the more abstract dotting. further, the execution is not particularly good: the three upper feathers of this type on the leftmost bird end with an unattractive pooling of ink, which is absent, for instance on the following related example of (I assume genuine) his work: http://www.szsavaria.com/news/831875.html
2. is the proportion of the base occupied by the mark accurate or within the norm for this artist? the characters feel to me overly densely crowded into a small central space.