明 佚名 犬戲圖 冊頁 Puppies Playing beside a Palm Tree and Garden Rock
Unidentified Artist Chinese, 15th century
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 8 15/16 x 8 1/2 in. (22.7 x 21.6 cm)
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1989
Not on view
The animals, plants, and craggy Taihu rock in this lighthearted garden scene are realistically described in a manner characteristic of the Southern Song Painting Academy. However, the slightly stiff and flat drawing as well as the relative coarseness of the silk indicate a later date, perhaps early Ming, when the reconstructed Imperial Painting Academy took the Song Academy style as its mode.
Inscription: In the upper right corner of the leaf, traces of a one-line inscription are still visible.
A label attached to the mounting of the album leaf has a seven-character inscription by Feng Ganghou (20th century) attributing the painting to the Southern Song artist, Mao I ("Song Mao Yi Zimu juan tu"). This is followed by two lines of clerical script which read: "Song court collection, collected by Han Fengxi (ca. 1600) of the Ming dynasty." Another inscription by Feng Ganghou appears mounted opposite the album leaf, along with a seven-line inscription in running script by Chen Feng (20th century) dated 1950.
Marking: Eleven collector's seals, including one of an unidentified Southern Song emperor