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On offer one of my rare vintage prints this week - a collection of Chinese art.

This one - Cranes and Flowers

by Lang Shih-ning
Original is a hanging scroll, Ink and colours on silk.
Signed by artist.

Lang Shih-ning (Giuseppe Castiglione AD 1688-1766) was born at Milan Italy. At 19 he entered the Jesuit order and studied painting and architecture. He came to China in 1715 as a missionary and received a post in the Academy of Art at the Manchu court, where he was known by his Chinese name, Lang Shih-ning. As a painted he was noted for his picture of human figures flowers birds and especially horses. When he first started it was his intention to introduce into China the techniques of Western painting but he received no encouragement. On the contrary, he was advised to study Chinese art. This he did and gradually created a style of painting close to the Chinese style. His ability to draw from life excelled his Chinese colleagues yet as Chinese artists lay stress on artistic ideals and poetic flavor rather than on realism, Lang's masterpieces did little to alter the course of the development of Chinese art. This picture portrays 2 white cranes with their young wandering among the flowers. The crane often symbolizes a man's old age and great virtue in China.

54cm x 39cm
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