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Subject:Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: Adrian Fri, Apr 23, 2021 IP: 2a02:aa12:457f:dd00:

Hello everybody,

I have inherited the paintings of that wonderful warrior that fascinated me since I was a child. The warrior belonged to my grandparents for at least 60 years. The only thing I know about my warrior, is that an uncle of my grandfather (a Jesuit monk) brought him from China.
Could any of you solve the riddle about my warrior's story? What do the texts say? who is the author? If the author is known, what could you tell me about him? What region does the painting come from? How much can the painting cost? (although I am not going to sell it). Forgive me for so many questions and thank you for helping those of us who want to learn so much. Greetings from Spain!

Subject:Re: Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: Adrian Fri, Apr 23, 2021

More Pictures

Subject:Re: Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: I.Nagy Sat, Apr 24, 2021

His fame illuminates the annals for centuries

A noble man can be recognized for his loyalty and righteousness throughout the ages
癸未冬月  - In the Winter Month of the Year of
Water-Sheep (1943)
拓庵蔡鑑敬書 - Respectfully written by Tuo'an Cai Jian
Upper seal,
拓庵 - Tuo'an - Pseudonym
Lower seal,
蔡建章印 - Seal of Cai Jianzhang

Cai Jianzhang 蔡建章
Surname and given name of calligrapher.
鑑 Jian was his style name


With regards,

Subject:Re: Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: Adrian Sun, Apr 25, 2021

Dear I. Nagy, Will and Peter, thank you millions for revealing the mystery of my painting and for the help that you offer to people who want to learn. I have been reading information about "The Three Kingdoms" and I find it very interesting. As quickly as possible, I am going to buy the books, even if it takes me years to read. Do you know of a very good publication / editorial?
Mr. I. Nagy, thank you for the translation, I always believed that these 6 texts say something more fascinating ;)
Dear Will, thank you for your interest in the paintings. But I will not betray Guan Yu, my family and "Yi" for 500 dollars :) The image seems wonderful to me, it measures approximately 82cm X 43cm and each text 82cm x 24cm (without frames). In the case of selling it, it would be for many thousands of dollars :P Mr. Guan Yu and his horse are at my home in Switzerland, Guan Yu came from a war in China and is now in a neutral country.
I am going to upload some photos of a small beautiful figure of an oriental old man in a little while. That is going to be another topic.

Subject:Re: Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Title inscription,
九霄正氣 - ca. With Uprightness Beyond the Nine Layers of Clouds
拓庵敬題 - Title respectfully by Tuò'ān
拓庵   - Tuò'ān
(Signature and seal of the artist calligraphing the inscription - unidentifiable)

Signature of the painter,
周柏生敬繪 - Respectfully painted by Zhōu Băishēng
柏生    - Băishēng

Zhou Baisheng 周柏生 1887-1955
A native of Changzhou, Jiangsu, settled in Shanghai. He was good at meticulous painting of ancient costume figure paintings. Used to paint advertising poster pictures for tobacco companies
Value could be around US $300-500

With regards,

Subject:Re: Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: Will Sat, Apr 24, 2021


the warrior in your painting is Guan Yu who is one of the most famous figures of the Chinese civil war which led to the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280).

During the 7th Century people started to worship him and this development peaked in the late Ming Dynasty.
(his deified names are Guan Gong and Guandi)

There are many paintings on the market which depict famous scenes from his life (even though some of them are fictional).
However I do not believe that this is the case with your painting. Looks like the painter had only the intention to draw the person.

You can also find many figures of him (in Bronze, wood and porcelain - both antique and modern).
I was lucky enough to purchase a large gilded Bronze Figure of him a while ago which was made during the late 16th Century.

Overall the Three Kingdoms Period is very popular, not only in China but also in Japan and Korea.

That being said: If you plan to sell the painting (now or in future) I might be interested.
Since shipping would be within Europe it should not be too expensive.


Subject:Re: Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: peter Sat, Apr 24, 2021

.... subject is Guan Yu.
In China not a subject of the serious artist but a hero/god for the people.


Subject:Re: Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: ArtUser Sat, Apr 24, 2021

Chinese Calligraphy Scrolls Sell for $269,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Subject:Re: Help with my chinese warrior
Posted By: I.Nagy Mon, Apr 26, 2021

The scrolls above are from one of the "Four Great Masters of Late Ming", Xing Tong 邢侗 1531-1644
The Chinese government built a memorial hall in 1986 to commemorate the famous calligrapher, painter and poet in Linyi County, Shandong Province.

With regards,
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