© Galerie Zacke
© Galerie Zacke
Katalognummer: AB0319-1075
A 20th CENTURY SCROLL PAINTING ‘MAGPIES AND PEONIES’
Ink, watercolor and gouache on thin paper, mounted on paper
China, early to mid-20th century

This decorative painting shows two magpies sitting on a blooming peony branch which is overgrown by fern in the foreground.

‘Two magpies’ is pronounced in the same way as ‘double happiness’ so a painting of two magpies was a metaphor for double happiness and was often given as a way of expressing congratulations particularly for a wedding.

Shape: Rectangular vertical shape
Dimensions: 135 x 34 cm (total size), 122 x 32,5 (size of the painting)
Condition: Painting with minor tears and creases and few touch ups along one folding line – all hardly noticeable due to the mounting
Provenance: Old Austrian Private collection, assembled in the 1930s to early 1950s

Nachverkauf:  sold/verkauft

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