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Subject:Inherited paintings from my parents
Posted By: Bill L Morgan Mon, Apr 20, 2020 IP:

My parents worked in Taiwan in the mid to late 50's. While there, they collected a sizable collection of artwork consisting of traditional Chinese paintings, over 1000 total. My parents are now gone and we (brothers and sisters) are wondering what these are, are they important or valuable and what would be the next step in finding homes for them. Attached is a sample of a few including some translations that my father apparently did at the time they were collected. I have been unable to find anyone who can readily translate the script as it appears that this form disappeared at about the same time these were painted or shortly thereafter. I am told that I'd need to find a really old person who still remembers this form of script. Any help you may be able to give or if you can point me in the right direction it would be hugely appreciated.

Subject:Re: Inherited paintings from my parents
Posted By: Bill L Morgan Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Below is a link to many more of the paintings but still a small portion of what we are trying to research.

URL Title :Samples of the Dan & Jo Morgan collection of Chinese paintings

Subject:Re: Inherited paintings from my parents
Posted By: rat Sat, Apr 25, 2020

There's no particular issue with the handwriting, which is perfectly normal, but might not always be entirely legible.

Despite their attractiveness, the quality of the paintings is not particularly high--they are in traditional style but not really fine art--so it may not be worth your while to get them formally appraised. Instead perhaps look for a Chinese graduate student in art history at a major university who should be able to read the inscriptions pretty easily for a more reasonable sum, and focus on any s/he indicates as being of particular interest.

Subject:Re: Inherited paintings from my parents
Posted By: Bill L Morgan Sun, Apr 26, 2020

Thank you "rat" for the info. I will look into this right away. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |