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    Wu Changshuo (Chinese, 1844-1927)
    Peony, Bottle Gourds, and Loquats, Dingzi, 1917
    Four works, ink and color on paper
    53-1/4 x 12-3/4 inches (135.3 x 32.4 cm) (work, each)
    60-3/8 x 16-1/8 inches (153.1 x 41.0 cm) (frame, each)
    Each signed and dated, with two or three seals of the artist


    Chen Guoxiang (1879-1919), gifted by the artist;
    Chen Guan (1895-1990) and Zheng Ying (1898-1990), by descent from the above;
    Chenn Family, by descent from the above.
    Sweet fruits from Duanyang are ripe in the
    warm breeze,
    Its color as shining as gold.
    I displayed the painting with the pomegranate
    and the naughty kid was drooling.

    (Yang Guifei and Emperor Xuanzong) Leaning
    on the baluster of the Chenxiang Pavilion.

    The peony blooms in the way like pagodas and
    pavilions arise from plates made of ruby.
    (I) painted the peony in the second month of
    the year of Dingzi to learn from earlier artists
    without subservience.

    Bottle gourd or bottle gourd!
    Are you doing your job?
    I should cut you in half,
    And fill you with wine in my tiny room.

    The wave surrounds my dwelling.
    The boat leaving to visit a friend drifts alone.
    I read aloud in a lonely night,
    With the air chilled my bones.
    The beauty named Hong Xiao walked in and
    added scent in the censer.
    Painted in yushui, the year of
    Dingzi when the fresh rain dropped and my
    orchid bloomed.

    More information about Wu, Changshuo.

    Condition Report*: Framed and glazed, in good condition overall, with water damage and stains to work depicting bottle gourds, some water damage and stains to mount on work depicting red loquats, other minor stains and marks to works, light foxing throughout works, slight warping to some works, and wear throughout frames, with all wear commensurate with age and use.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    March, 2019
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