82 x 45 cm (32 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Acquired in Harbin by the great-granduncle of the present owner, 1930s
Thence by descent in the family to a Private Collection in New York
Giuseppe Castigolione, an Italian Jesuit from Milan, was instructed to paint several church murals while serving as a missionary in China. Castigolione he accepted the invitation with vigor, learning the language and adopting his Chinese name, Lang Shining. While painting, he came to the attention of the Kangxi emperor, and later served as a court artist for three dynasties of Chinese rule: the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong. Castigolione [Shining] forged a new style of painting, one that combined the elements of his Western training (such as chiaroscuro, linear perspective and realism) with Chinese materials, aesthetics and symbolism. Later, this style would be called the Xianfa style, meaning "line method," seen in Castigolione's most well-known works, such as Gathering of Auspicious Signs, and One Hundred Horses in a Landscape. The present lot is a prime example of Castigolione's influence on Chinese Schools of art.
Observed in frame, the painting on porcelain panel appears in good condition. Light surface dust visible to the bottom of the frame. With no significant issues to report otherwise. Inspection under UV light shows a heavy even layer of varnish, but no apparent sign of restoration.
framed dimensions: 89 x 52 cm (35 x 20 1/2 in.)
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