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清晚期 盧葵生款 剔紅郭子儀賀壽圖屏風
Screen with birthday celebration for General Guo Ziyi

Artist:
Lu Guisheng (Chinese, active 1821–50)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
mid-19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red and black lacquer
Dimensions:
Open flat: 84 1/8 in. × 12 ft. 4 in. (213.7 × 375.9 cm) Open curved: 84 1/8 in. × 11 ft. 3 13/16 in. × 35 7/16 in. (213.7 × 345 × 90 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Henry-George J. McNeary, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.74a–h
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The inscription in the upper right indicates that the screen was made in honor of a certain General Zhen, most likely upon an important birthday, such as his sixtieth. The primary decoration records a celebration for Guo Ziyi (697–781), one of the most famous generals in Chinese history—an obvious compliment to Zhen. Engaging scenes of children at play, symbolic of longevity and embodying good wishes, fill the densely carved roundels on the screen’s lower half.

The inscription is signed by Lu Guisheng, a famous Chinese artist and one of the few recorded as having worked in lacquer. It gives a date during the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736–95), which suggests that this work followed an earlier prototype by a member of Lu’s family workshop.
Inscription: Front:

肅代兩朝屢賜教坊,樂王不受及乎,僕固懷恩。自涇陽入朝,上御安福門待之,命于樓上行朝禮,宴賜隆厚,嗣又命内侍魚,朝恩宣詔,賜美人盧氏等六人,從者八人□,車服牀褥,帷帳珍玩,遣備馬。
乾隆丙申(1776)仲秋,葵生製;[印]:盧氏癸生、癸生之印


Back:

奉祝大台柱即銓諫端翁陳老父母、老先生大人榮誕序。
方今聖人,首出庶物,軫念民瘼,慎揀賢良,委以腹心之寄于是。六合一家,八荒
一闥,聲教所汔,罔不敉甯,惟五嶺以南,阻山瀕海,去京師八千餘里。向嵗,滇、黔蠢動,東粵之民遭蹂躪者,獨沾德化,然極之西陲,以 四會屬邑,兵燹之後,瘡痍未復,且地接牂牁,常多水患,共漢如魚意,莫能免民實苦之,往往引領翹足待拯于縣官。 端翁君侯,本廣陵名家子,自 大父騶隨早成,嘉靖進士,通籍司農,列職郎署。勤修勵志,固已廣大其規模,靡不周悉其利弊。淵源家學,燕翼貽謀。暨聖人疇厪南頤之憂,縣官受命神武出膺,民獻其隱,嵗肇其康,上下一心,呼吸痌 司牧也,而父母之蒼黎也,而赤子之自無戈 沽名之術,要結民心,幸縣宰得人為台諫,今者君侯豐功偉烈,無地無之年,誰磬述?然究不忘其步武區區千里,聊且試之金馬玉堂,直分內事耳,超越尋常,不同華貴。玆逢歴五嵗嘉平望前一日,屬君侯覽揆之辰,會邑紳士奉其教者,共製錦以觴之。馳書越境,徴言於余,以侑康爵,余時督學閩中校士之暇,偶讀宋史,名儒華春,封君古德,克銘行義于鄉,遂膺上庠之養。君侯則祖武之,是繩用瓚先人之緒,而先大之早嵗,明經出身,遂邀思眷,五攝邑篆,數載,勲高姓歡承不苛煩,不單簡,去虐而存仁。君侯則經理有方,民不致困,輿情碩德,至今不哀(衰)。尋以寵命授文林郎,覃恩父母秩滿,當遷蒼生弗捨,五奉簡書,移幸綏邑。下車之日,問民疾苦與利去害流,恩如兩市德不忘,扼要以圖,咸思其察,課以文愛人;以德朞月之間,風俗醇美,善政頻施樂其樂,而利其利,蠲額外苛徴,釐從前之積習,幸逢取士之年,選拔真才,徴求實學,無非是乃祖之遺意,善其道而神明之故。能起凋弊,而進昌明,端由根抵深結之故,所以馳驅庖下逰刄恢恢乎,其有餘裕也。雖然實難言矣甚,莫辨其所遇,威鳳祥麟,世不常有,驅雞展驥,匪其所長,大林小用,固有說焉。曾有陳公堯佐者,嘗知滑州堰石築堤以禦河決,滑人利之,相告語曰:“堤成可慶,澤垂萬世,我公之德溥矣。”因名之為“陳公埧”。聞君侯之蒞會邑也亦然。今春霖雨,邑有水患,君侯親操畚插為版築先計,日堤成,免編民於魚龞,皆侯之賜斯一舉也。固足媲美前賢,光耀史冊,將與綏水長流,貞山並古,於萬斯年昭垂不朽。侯之澤亦遠矣;侯之德亦溥矣;侯之壽也六大矣。詩不云乎! 樂只君子,民之父母;樂只君子,德音不忘。以是為祝永懋功於遺簡,不亦樂 妙算之丹砂哉。今家潮陽去會邑千餘里,復有官守,似難遷就其情,惜雙鳧之未獲登也。然既聞其名矣,因想望其丰采,如見其人也,當亦諒其歉衷,有不能已。於言者,遂為次,其政績,溯其家稟,序以歸之。異日者,當與君侯相見。朝寧然後奉觴上壽,以致生平,欣恭之意,宜未晚也,遙拜手以祝。
時乾隆丙申(1776)年,歲次丁卯季冬穀旦,賜進士出身、朝議大夫奉敕提督福建通省學政、按察司僉事加三級,今陞參議,先用前兵部職方司督捕郎中、戶部湖廣司員外郎、提督鳳隱糧儲榷闗倉務、雲南司主事、通利坐務 廰、庚戌會試同考官、翰林院庶吉士、鄰治年家弟,楊鐘岳頓首拜譔。[印]:鍾岳、楊氏之印。
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