Silk Damask Fabric and Paper. This scroll has been in private collections in China for over one hundred years and this is the first time it is being offered for sale in the United States. It has been cherished and ancestors brought the scrolls over to the US when they immigrated over.
The artist skillfully used fine line drawing style to paint. The artist really goes that extra mile to ensure you are amazed at the work put forth to make this masterpiece.
Every strand of hair right down to the immortals long finger nails can be seen in great definition, just amazing. Please refer to our great detailed close up photos that focus on many areas of the painting. If you wish to have more pictures sent to you directly we have no issue with doing so we are here for the fellow collector.
Calligraphy writing on top of scroll. This scroll has a bottom round wood dowel, and the top has a silk damask covered 1/2 round dowel.The ends are covered with a geometric damask fabric. The style of painting is of ancient form and is rarely used in modern paintings.
The colors used in traditional Chinese painting are all mineral pigments ground into a fine powder and suspended in a wet medium that makes colored paint. The minerals traditionally used include malachite for green, azurite for blue and cinnabar for red. These colors will never fade. They can be abraded away so that color appears to fade, but because the pigments contain ground stone they will never actually fade.
This use of mineral pigments is the reason that many very old Chinese paintings, like this one shown here from the. Century, still have strong, vibrant colors.
The brush used in Chinese painting and calligraphy usually has a long handle made of wood or bamboo, while some fancy brush handles can be ceramic, jade or lacquer. Animal hairs in a variety of combinations are used. The tips can be long or short, thick or thin, stiff or soft, or stiff outer hairs can surround softer interior hairs all depending on the desired effect.This oriental scroll is in good period condition with no major repairs of restorations. The painting shows age imperfections and appropriate toning patina consistent with early age as seen. But they do not affect its integrity or the price and displays well.
Within the last 20 years or so, this 14th century painting appears to have been expertly remounted on a fabric/silk damask backing to protect this classic work. The new backing allows this scroll to be hung, but at eight-feet long, it is best viewed as a hand scroll to enjoy its beauty and to protect the delicate painting from light, wear, and moisture. Chinese scroll formats also allow for paintings to be remounted periodically every 100 or 200 years, even longer depending on wear, storage conditions, etc.
This is often a time-consuming process that requires all the layers of backing paper to be meticulously removed layer by layer until the painting proper is free from any backing. The painting is allowed to rest, and then new layers of backing are applied. This process can take many months, even up to year to complete. However, remounting will protect the painting for another long period of time. A fine scroll and worthy addition to one's collection.
We are happy to answer any questions about this item. Our antique textiles are collectible and are not new and not reproductions, and have lived a long and eventful life and sometimes developing flaws. We do not clean, always as found, unless stated in listing, and most times have been in storage for many decades picking up old age storage oxidation spots. As condition and description is largely based on personal opinion, we ask that you look at the photos carefully and decide. The item "Antique Chinese Hanging Scroll Painting Watercolor Immortals 14th Century" is in sale since Wednesday, September 16, 2020.This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Paintings & Scrolls". The seller is "oldthreads" and is located in Franklinville, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.